Weeds where water should be.

I visited the Cooriemungle creek recently and found not much has changed , this creek once held blackfish and platypus but not anymore.

I have repeatedly asked the overseers of these rivers and creeks for action and none has been forthcoming .

for those who want more info you can call me on 0407843998.

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Glass half full

Once again I have found broken glass bottles, and as was the case last time they were in a place where children could have easily walked on them , just think of the damage these could do to a child’s foot.

I picked these up and disposed of them like the people who put them there should have, there are bins only a hundred metres away right near the top of the boat ramp.

Bullen Merri fish kill

Today I received a telephone call from the Cobden coast times , the reporter was after a comment about a fish kill at Bullen Merri of which I knew nothing so I set off to have a look and sure enough there is a fish kill caused by oxygen starvation due to ongoing blue-green algae blooms , I have warned about this happening and I am not happy about being proved right.

Inaction by the bureaucrats over many years have led us to this and I fear we will see many more in the future if we don’t take action now.

There were unconfirmed reports of two Bass dead as well as brown trout.

Blooming hell

I went to Bullen Merri today in search of the lost ww1 cannon I scoured the lake edges with the side scan sonar and I found no trace of it, this was my third attempt and I am not sure it there now .

The lake was declared algae free last week and the warning signs were taken down but see what I found today.

There were at least two farmers spreading urea on grass land inside the bowl of the lake today just before we get rain on the weekend , the farmers are not at fault here that’s what you have to do to get grass to grow however some of this will end up in the lake and add to the already high nutrient load that will cause more algae blooms early next summer.

 

 

 

Riparian

We often talk about the riparian zone and why it’s so important to aquatic life and one of the best plants for this zone is native grasses , they are better than trees at stopping the flow of nutrient from farm land particularly if they are planted in a thick blanket along the edge of the waterway about 20/30 metres wide.

DSCF1634.JPGThis is a good example.

this photo was taken on a neighbours property along with this ancient tree that got burnt last year.

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Hotel Gellibrand

Yesterday I went with Gene Gardener( CMA) to the lower Gellibrand river to see if we could in fact use my underwater drone to check in ( no pun intended ) on the hotels placed there some time ago, the water level was high which would make our task even harder, the aim was to see if fish have been using them and I suppose to make sure they were  intact, we first tried to find the one nearest the bridge with no luck we then moved onto the one placed near the public jetty and we found it intact in about 5 metres of water and covered in algae and other plant life, as you will see in the video the water contains vast amounts of suspended materials we also note a fish and some plastic, the structure seems to be intact and doing its job. it has been my experience that fish will run from the drone for a while and then slowly return we may not have spent a long enough time for this to happen yesterday next time I will try to sit for a while.

DSCF1631.JPGI have to say the river looks fantastic and as you can see the water level is quite high.

 

The placement of these structures will benefit fishers and fish for years to come ,

I commend the CMA for this initiative and hope for lots more in the future. I can not quite identify the fish it could be a Tupong its the right size and shape , I would be pleased if someone could identify the fish.

( the fish is visible at about 4.41 in the right hand upper corner ).