Tal­low Ck wa­ter be­ing mon­i­tored

Coun­cil watch­ing lev­els, qual­ity

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

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.”

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