The dry sullivan

johnboy 25 January 2013 16

sullivans creen

I can’t honestly recall Sullivans Creek with not even a trickle of water flowing through it.

And yet there it is.

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Antagonist Antagonist 12:11 pm 27 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

Thumper said :

It’s kind of a pity it’s culverted. Imagine how nice it would be as a real creek?

It’d probably get eroded pretty badly. Especially once the willows (which were planted on the banks of all similar creeks in Canberra) were massacred.

I spent many hours as a kid playing around the creek that runs through Haig Park in the 70’s and 80’s. Catching tadpoles, frogs, leeches, tubifex worms, earth worms … I thought it was my own slice of paradise. There was always some water to be found, even if it was only a few stagnating pools for the dogs to use as perfume. Good times they were.

Bank erosion was not a significant issue back then, but it was mainly due to lots of trees along the banks. Looking back at it now though (hindsight is always 20/20) I recognise many of those trees holding the banks together as pest species (catoneaster, pyracantha etc). Sullivans would indeed look awesome if it were heavily planted, even if only to hide some more of that awful concrete corridor from view.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:13 am 27 Jan 13

poetix said :

Somehow I think it’ll be white water tonight!

Yep, driving home in the middle of the storm last night it was well over the top of the concrete banks.

knuckles knuckles 7:59 pm 26 Jan 13

I bet there’s plenty of water in it now.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 7:45 pm 26 Jan 13

I suspect after the deluge it is once again a kayaker’s wet dream

poetix poetix 7:05 pm 26 Jan 13

Somehow I think it’ll be white water tonight!

David45 David45 4:42 pm 26 Jan 13

and sad to think that this lovely stream which inspired the Cashew’s ‘Down by Sullivan’s Creek’, should have declined to such an uninspiring state.

DrKoresh DrKoresh 1:14 am 26 Jan 13

johnboy said :

your mileage may vary.

Damn straight YMMV, JB. I was at Lyneham high not too long ago in the grand scheme of things, and it was pretty much always dry. This is five or so years ago, but I still don’t think you can call it a rare event.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 9:23 pm 25 Jan 13

Chop71 said :

It sure can flow fast after a big rain event. I remember the guys from Ursula College going down it from ANU Bar to Burgman Collage in a canoe and being bitten by a water rat.

Holy crap, that’s terrible. I hope the poor thing was OK, and didn’t need too much medication or counselling. What an experience for a rat to undergo.

Grrrr Grrrr 5:09 pm 25 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

Thumper said :

It’s kind of a pity it’s culverted. Imagine how nice it would be as a real creek?

It’d probably get eroded pretty badly.

Total Concrete Management has been out of fashion for Civil Engineers for decades now. There are plenty of more attractive and enviromentally friendly designs for such waterways that work just fine. Of course, none of them are as much fun to ride your bike in ….

Tetranitrate Tetranitrate 4:09 pm 25 Jan 13

Thumper said :

It’s kind of a pity it’s culverted. Imagine how nice it would be as a real creek?

It’d probably get eroded pretty badly. Especially once the willows (which were planted on the banks of all similar creeks in Canberra) were massacred.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:52 pm 25 Jan 13

Chop71 said :

It sure can flow fast after a big rain event.

Sure does. Takes no time at all to fill up, although, again the Lyneham wetland has altered this a lot. It now takes a bit longer to fill and quite a bit longer to drain.

Thumper Thumper 3:46 pm 25 Jan 13

It’s kind of a pity it’s culverted. Imagine how nice it would be as a real creek?

Chop71 Chop71 3:33 pm 25 Jan 13

It sure can flow fast after a big rain event. I remember the guys from Ursula College going down it from ANU Bar to Burgman Collage in a canoe and being bitten by a water rat.

p1 p1 3:28 pm 25 Jan 13

A combination of people no watering gardens less (and no longer hosing down driveways) and having home water tanks intercepting storm water has been reducing urban runoff a lot over the last ten years.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:16 pm 25 Jan 13

“I can’t honestly recall Sullivans Creek with not even a trickle of water flowing through it.”

Seriously?

I admit it’s had at least a trickle more often than not since the Lyneham wetlands were finished, but prior to then it was almost always bone dry. Especially prior to 2009 or whenever it was we got all the rain to break the drought.

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