Wa­ter floods Heart Mo­rass

Field and Game - - RSPCA INQUIRY -

Heavy rain­fall has left FGA'S Heart Mo­rass full for the breed­ing sea­son.

Gary ‘Pud' Howard said the wa­ter pushed up from the eastern end of the Mo­rass af­ter heavy rain­fall par­tic­u­larly in the Avon River catch­ment. “It wasn't a ma­jor over the bank flood but it was suf­fi­cient to go over in pri­vate coun­try at the eastern end and travel back up,” he said. “The Mo­rass is full and once the river drops, some wa­ter will drop out leav­ing it at what I call static full sup­ply. “Any flood is wel­comed from the point of view of the Mo­rass it­self and wa­ter bird breed­ing, it couldn't be bet­ter timed.”

The flood­ing also pro­vided a fresh wa­ter flush through Dowds Mo­rass.

En­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter helped to lift the level of Heart Mo­rass from May to early June and the ad­di­tional nat­u­ral flows are timely for the breed­ing sea­son ahead. “Ev­ery­thing is paired up, ev­ery­where you go you are see­ing pairs, there are teal com­ing out of the gum trees and they are fully into a breed­ing cy­cle now,” Gary said.

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