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Where are all the fun seeking heat-relief seeking lake users?

By Pots 13 January 2013 20

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We went to the lake yesterday arvo for a swim. It was awesome.

Cool, nice water, heaps fun, relaxing.

Dinner on the sand. 

And mostly there was no one but us on the beach.

On a stinking hot Friday after work, in a town of 360,000 people, we had the place to ourselves.

What is wrong with everyone?

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Girt_Hindrance 8:29 pm 14 Jan 13

davo101 said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

but are people aware that the Cotter, Uriarra, Casuarina etc have the water from Lake Tuggeranong and Lake Burley Griffin running through them?

In the case of LBG highly unlikely, given that the Molonglo joins the Murrumbidgee downstream of all of the sites you mention. As for Tuggeranong I’d be putting my money on it being not currently spilling, any local residents care to comment?

Oops, I’ll get back in my box then… Cheers for the correction tho, appreciated.
Can’t say I know whether lake Tuggeranong is spilling currently either.

thatsnotme 7:36 pm 14 Jan 13

paganava said :

My son and I swim in the lake often . Lake Ginninderra that is.
John knight park side is gross but the other side (near dog park – off Diddums cl) is beautiful. There is a sectioned off part for kids to swim , grass is lush and there are plenty of tables and BBQs 🙂

Our family hasn’t tried that area – thanks for the tip. We swam on the Florey side of the lake, off Macdermott Place a few times this holidays, and it was excellent. The water wasn’t crystal clear, but seemed a hell of a lot cleaner than LBG water, didn’t smell at all, and reminded me of the water you’d get somewhere like Pine Island. It’s been recently renovated, with new BBQ areas, covered tables, and new play equipment (including rope spider web and flying fox – I was pleasantly surprised to see we’re not yet risk averse enough to stop building that fun stuff!) Heaps of shady trees, roped off area for the kids to swim, and pontoon for the bigger kids.

Would swim there 100 times before swimming in LBG.

Jivrashia 6:57 pm 14 Jan 13

paganava said :

If the algae levels are too high there would be a sign stating so.

Not all of us are saying “Don’t swim there.”
But there are more lovely places to have fun with water.
Try out these places:

Tetranitrate said :

Uriarra Crossing, Casuarina sands are all lovely places to swim

paganava 6:34 pm 14 Jan 13

If the algae levels are too high there would be a sign stating so.
Where we swim , there is a sign with a little marker with a safe / unsafe option and i have seen someone in a government ute , drive up , test the water and check the sign – on two serperate ocasions.
They certainly wouldnt have a designated kids swimming area at Ginninderra marked by rainbow bouys if it was unsafe. Too inviting for the littlies.

And no one in their right mind would eat the fish – not because of the water but because the only fish in there are disgusting carps. Although someone once asked if they could keep the ones we had caught while we were out fishing.
Do you check where your beef comes from ? A dirty poop filled barn probably.

Jivrashia 5:37 pm 14 Jan 13

Solidarity said :

Would it be possible to un-dam the lake, let it empty, get to work scrubbing/dealgae-ing/de-carping then fill it back up?

Wouldn’t help, other than devastate the existing ecosystem that took such a long time to get to this level.

The problem is actually two folds:
– Natural water circulation, such as run-offs of rain water into the LBG, would keep the water healthy, except Canberra doesn’t get enough rain and so the water stagnates.
– The mild weather of Canberra is ideal for algae to bloom.

If both factors are prolonged then LBG becomes off-limits to any water activities as the algae reaches human hazardous level.

gazket 4:49 pm 14 Jan 13

Solidarity said :

Would it be possible to un-dam the lake, let it empty, get to work scrubbing/dealgae-ing/de-carping then fill it back up?

where would Queanbeyan’s sewerage go if the lake was emptied

Solidarity 3:28 pm 14 Jan 13

Would it be possible to un-dam the lake, let it empty, get to work scrubbing/dealgae-ing/de-carping then fill it back up?

davo101 9:16 am 14 Jan 13

Girt_Hindrance said :

but are people aware that the Cotter, Uriarra, Casuarina etc have the water from Lake Tuggeranong and Lake Burley Griffin running through them?

In the case of LBG highly unlikely, given that the Molonglo joins the Murrumbidgee downstream of all of the sites you mention. As for Tuggeranong I’d be putting my money on it being not currently spilling, any local residents care to comment?

mostly 9:19 pm 13 Jan 13

With the potentially fatal levels of blue-green algae in Canberra’s lakes, why would anyone swim in them?

Girt_Hindrance 8:20 pm 13 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

BenMac said :

Most are still down the coast, where the real water is.

Plus, anyone who’s been in Canberra long enough is not going to go swimming in LBG.

Yeah I wouldn’t really want to Swim in any of Canberra’s lakes. Every now and then I hear stories of dogs dying after drinking the water in lake Ginninderra so it’s not just LBG (blue green algae usually).

Pine Island, Kambah Pools, Uriarra Crossing and Casuarina sands are all lovely places to swim though. Pine Island has been very busy every time I’ve gone down there this summer, though it seems they’ve gotten rid of the awesome rock that you used to be able to jump off – that or I just can’t remember where it is anymore.

Kambah pools and Pine Island aren’t affected, but are people aware that the Cotter, Uriarra, Casuarina etc have the water from Lake Tuggeranong and Lake Burley Griffin running through them? Albeit diluted by other rivers and possibly distance travelled…
My major concern with swimming in the lakes, particularly LBG, are the reeds that can wrap around legs/torsos etc and drown people. Mrs Hindrance believes that particular lake “eats people”.

grunge_hippy 8:19 pm 13 Jan 13

We used to swim in LBG all the time as a kid, around Black Mountain Peninsula. Now? Not so much. too icky for my sensibilities.

We went to Dickson Pool today, much cooler day but the water was still lovely. Pity it’s north side though, travelling from tuggers doesnt make it a regular occurrence. The pools in tuggeranong are rubbish. Filthy, hot and noisy. So much for the refurb at Tugg. pool. It’s falling apart, loose rubber tiles are a tripping hazard and filthy and the number of times I’ve swam past a floating bandaid…. ick. nast.

Weaselburger 3:31 pm 13 Jan 13

wouldn’t swim in it, won’t eat fish caught in it, but as teyranitrate pointed out there are other options than LBG or tuggers. Personally I just go to Dicko pool.

wildturkeycanoe 2:54 pm 13 Jan 13

ODI, Aus vs Sri Lanka. That’s where I was on Friday arvo, in front of TV under the AC and feeling very relaxed just the same.

AsparagusSyndrome 2:51 pm 13 Jan 13

Tetranitrate said :

AsparagusSyndrome said :

gooterz said :

Probably our quadrillions of friends in the water. They come in two colors blue and green 🙂

And on that topic… what colour are E. Coli? In my imagination, I kind of picture them as brownish. But I might just be speaking out of my [140 character limit reached].

Haha actually I remember in high school/college going to some Science thing where they gave us Engineered E. Coli to grow on Agar Gel that would fluoresce under UV light. Couldn’t really see anything much on the gel so I’d guess whitish/clear under ideal circumstances.

Sounds like an E.Coli solarium. I guess, after a while, they’d tan a bit.

Tetranitrate 2:38 pm 13 Jan 13

AsparagusSyndrome said :

gooterz said :

Probably our quadrillions of friends in the water. They come in two colors blue and green 🙂

And on that topic… what colour are E. Coli? In my imagination, I kind of picture them as brownish. But I might just be speaking out of my [140 character limit reached].

Haha actually I remember in high school/college going to some Science thing where they gave us Engineered E. Coli to grow on Agar Gel that would fluoresce under UV light. Couldn’t really see anything much on the gel so I’d guess whitish/clear under ideal circumstances.

Tetranitrate 2:35 pm 13 Jan 13

BenMac said :

Most are still down the coast, where the real water is.

Plus, anyone who’s been in Canberra long enough is not going to go swimming in LBG.

Yeah I wouldn’t really want to Swim in any of Canberra’s lakes. Every now and then I hear stories of dogs dying after drinking the water in lake Ginninderra so it’s not just LBG (blue green algae usually).

Pine Island, Kambah Pools, Uriarra Crossing and Casuarina sands are all lovely places to swim though. Pine Island has been very busy every time I’ve gone down there this summer, though it seems they’ve gotten rid of the awesome rock that you used to be able to jump off – that or I just can’t remember where it is anymore.

paganava 1:42 pm 13 Jan 13

My son and I swim in the lake often . Lake Ginninderra that is.
John knight park side is gross but the other side (near dog park – off Diddums cl) is beautiful. There is a sectioned off part for kids to swim , grass is lush and there are plenty of tables and BBQs 🙂

AsparagusSyndrome 1:12 pm 13 Jan 13

gooterz said :

Probably our quadrillions of friends in the water. They come in two colors blue and green 🙂

And on that topic… what colour are E. Coli? In my imagination, I kind of picture them as brownish. But I might just be speaking out of my [140 character limit reached].

BenMac 1:07 pm 13 Jan 13

Most are still down the coast, where the real water is.

Plus, anyone who’s been in Canberra long enough is not going to go swimming in LBG.

gooterz 12:29 pm 13 Jan 13

Probably our quadrillions of friends in the water. They come in two colors blue and green 🙂

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