Al­gae out­break: trial aims to find so­lu­tion

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A TRIAL will com­mence at Mon­eys Creek at Bar­gara as the coun­cil en­deav­ours to find a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion to the long-term prob­lem of green al­gae growth in the wa­ter­way.

Cr Danny Rowle­son said the coun­cil would trial a boat fit­ted with spe­cialised equip­ment that has the ca­pa­bil­ity of op­er­at­ing in shal­low wa­ter.

“It’s planned to drag the al­gae from the la­goon and take it to a coun­cil waste fa­cil­ity where it will dry and de­com­pose nat­u­rally,” he said.

Cr Rowle­son said the al­gae prob­lem in Mon­eys Creek had been an on­go­ing one that had gen­er­ated sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity com­ment.

“I must stress to lo­cal res­i­dents that this is a trial and while we are hope­ful of a pos­i­tive out­come, there are sig­nif­i­cant is­sues that can only be ad­dressed by at­tempt­ing a prac­ti­cal re­moval of the al­gae,” he said.

He said res­i­dents should be aware that the work may lead to in­creased odour, ma­chin­ery noise and dis­coloura­tion of the wa­ter.

“Even if large quan­ti­ties of al­gae can be re­moved, it may not pro­vide long-term odour re­lief or im­prove­ment to the health of Mon­eys Creek,” Cr Rowle­son said.

Cr Greg Barnes said he was de­lighted the ma­chin­ery had been hired by the coun­cil.

“I have been ad­vo­cat­ing for this trial for sev­eral years but I want to stress that this is only a trial to test the ef­fec­tive­ness in main­tain­ing the health of our re­gional wa­ter­ways,” he said. “This is­sue has been of sig­nif­i­cant con­cern to res­i­dents di­rectly af­fected and the many res­i­dents who have re­quested a more pris­tine look to the la­goon area.”

Work in the area has been sched­uled for four days, depend­ing on the suit­abil­ity of the boat to op­er­ate in the la­goon con­di­tions.

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