Tallow Ck water being monitored
Council watching levels, quality
WATER levels and quality in Tallow Creek at Byron Bay is being monitored after recent rainfall.
Byron Shire Council’s coastal and biodiversity officer Chloe Dowsett said staff had been inspecting the level of the beach at the entrance of Tallow Creek to ensure the sand bar was not at a height which would effect a natural breaching of the berm when rain next fell.
“Water levels have been sitting between 2-2.1m for a few weeks now with no significant rain predicted in the near future,” Ms Dowsett said.
“The beach berm is only a little higher than the water level in the creek at the moment, with the ocean water reaching the creek during the highest of the high tides.
“It is clear that some high tides have been washing over the beach into the creek, however swell conditions have not been quite right for a natural breaching.”
The council said when water built up there was often concern from local residents, but it was important for people to know Tallow Creek, like many other coastal waterways, opened and closed naturally over time and there were strict regulations about artificially opening the creek mouth.
“Byron Shire Council has an Environmental Management Plan and Opening Strategy for Tallow Creek which detail two potential triggers to manual intervention of the creek mouth,” Ms Dowsett said.
“We will only intervene if the water quality is dangerous to human health, or if water levels pose a flood risk.
“Should the water level go beyond 2.2m then council does have a permit from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to artificially open the mouth of Tallow Creek and a lot of consideration is given to making sure this is done properly to minimise the rapid release of water to the ocean and reduce the chance of a fish kill.”