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Contract awarded for waterway monitoring

By 6 August 2014 4

The ACT Government has taken an important step towards improving water quality in Canberra’s lakes and waterways with the announcement of the first successful consultancy to inform phase one of the $85 million Basin Priority Project.

Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said the successful tenderer, GHD, is a worldwide company with an office in Canberra. GHD has a demonstrated track record in water quality monitoring and providing professional services to the private and public sector.

GHD will conduct strategic water quality monitoring within the priority catchments of Yarralumla Creek, Lake Tuggeranong, Upper and Lower Molonglo, Fyshwick and West Belconnen.

“This is a very exciting project for the ACT. It is aligned with the ACT Government’s Water Strategy – ‘Striking the Balance’ – which I launched this month, and sets out the future pathway for improving the health of our waterways along with maintaining a sustainable water supply,” Mr Corbell said.

An analysis of the data collected in phase one will inform the second phase of the project, where infrastructure works will be selected to deliver significant water quality improvements.

Mr Corbell and federal Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham, announced the Basin Priority Project agreement on 26 February. The signing of this agreement gave the ACT access to $85 million of Commonwealth Government funds to help clean up Canberra’s lakes and waterways.

”The Basin Priority Project will help to improve water quality in ACT waterways allowing residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy the benefits of healthy, functioning rivers and lakes and will complement the ACT Government’s efforts to reduce the impact of Canberra’s urban run-off on downstream water quality in the Murray-Darling Basin,” Mr Corbell said.

Further information regarding this project and the ACT Government’s water strategy is available on the Environment and Planning Directorate’s website www.environment.act.gov.au.

(Simon Corbell Media Release)

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4 Responses to Contract awarded for waterway monitoring
#1
wildturkeycanoe5:53 am, 07 Aug 14

This is all dandy, but how will the contractor or the government get any power to actually clean up after they get the expected bad results? Numerous causes for the algal blooms on LBG have already been identified, but alas the culprits will keep on getting away with dumping their spoils because they can’t be touched.

#2
rosscoact10:55 am, 07 Aug 14

wildturkeycanoe said :

This is all dandy, but how will the contractor or the government get any power to actually clean up after they get the expected bad results? Numerous causes for the algal blooms on LBG have already been identified, but alas the culprits will keep on getting away with dumping their spoils because they can’t be touched.

Patience grasshopper, first the proof then the cleanup

#3
Roksteddy2:17 pm, 07 Aug 14

wildturkeycanoe said :

This is all dandy, but how will the contractor or the government get any power to actually clean up after they get the expected bad results? Numerous causes for the algal blooms on LBG have already been identified, but alas the culprits will keep on getting away with dumping their spoils because they can’t be touched.

I could be reading this wrong, but you seem to imply that the causes of algal blooms in LBG are from illegal dumping? I’m not saying this doesn’t happen but its not the main cause of algal blooms. Most of it is from high temperatures/low flows and runoff from the hardened urban area.

As for the first part of your question, thats what the whole project is about and what the money from the Federal Government will be used for. It is not just for LBG. The six catchments will be looked at and needs prioritised so that infrastructure can be put in the right place. And it won’t all be ‘bad results’. Some of the water quality is actually pretty good. The urban lakes weren’t intended as swimming pools – they are designed to be sediment traps to protect the more natural areas like the Murrumbidgee River. In that end, they are doing their job.

#4
dungfungus4:20 pm, 07 Aug 14

The pong from LBG around New Acton is so strong it is almost visible.
So, I suppose you could call making the water clearer as “visionary”.
Hardly exciting though.

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