Update on lake Wyangan for recreational users

With the holiday period fast approaching, Griffith City Council has provided an update for recreational users of Lake Wyangan.

The current Blue Green Algae alert level is Amber however, with samples taken regularly, users are advised to check the website for any updates. Amber alert means recreational activities are permitted include boating, fishing, but not swimming. Signs are also being installed at the Lake and will be changed according to the level.

Council’s Lake Wyangan & Catchment Management Project Officer, Mr Tom Mackerras said, a further 800ML of water will be added to the Lake before Christmas.

“The extra water is good news however, the water level is still relatively low so boaters and users of Personal Watercraft (PWCs) should be mindful of unmarked submerged objects, particularly in the shallower parts of the Lake,” said Mr Mackerras.

“When boating or kayaking on the Lake, proper safety precautions should be followed. Do not boat if under the influence of alcohol and always wear a life jacket.”

Mr Mackerras is also urging caution when launching boats or fishing.

“Due to the low Lake level, difficulty may be experienced when launching boats. Please exercise caution. Always clear the boat ramp and make way for other users.

“Dispose of any carp caught, do not release them back into the Lake. Remember to take your rubbish with you and be mindful of campers and other users of the Lake.

In recent months there has been an explosion of bird life at the Lake and surrounding areas, with an amazing variety of bird species.

Meanwhile, Council continues to work on a long-term plan, which includes:

• Developing a hydrodynamic circulation model of North Lake Wyangan (study undertaken by Chris Butson from University of Sydney) to help interpret the influence of water and water discharges on the lake circulation and water quality

• Monitoring the volume and sediment and nutrient concentration of storm water runoff into the Lake

• Measuring key water quality parameters in real-time to help manage the health and ecological condition

• Ongoing work with Murrumbidgee Irrigation to develop a plan to maintain North Lake Wyangan water levels suitable for recreational purposes while also providing sufficient water for additional irrigation demand in the catchment.

The Cultural Heritage review processes associated with the eastern shores of Lake Wyangan have commenced and will progress further through 2021.

Contact Council on 1300 176

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