Traps to re­duce pol­lu­tion flow

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THREE pol­lu­tant traps in­stalled just three weeks ago in the Can­non­vale Botan­i­cal Gar­den’s creeks are al­ready work­ing to re­duce pol­lu­tion run-off into the wa­ters of the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The traps have been in­stalled by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with Reef Catch­ments.

Reef Catch­ments Pro­gram Leader Adam Folk­ers said they were part of a wider pro­gram to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity and re­duce the re­gion’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact on the iconic Great Bar­rier Reef.

“The in­stal­la­tion of the traps in Can­non­vale will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the level of sed­i­ment and nu­tri­ents en­ter­ing Pi­o­neer Bay (by 40 per cent and 30 per cent re­spec­tively), as well as cap­tur­ing the vast ma­jor­ity of lit­ter and other gross pol­lu­tants trav­el­ling within the three tar­geted wa­ter­ways,” he said.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said the ini­tia­tive was also build­ing on Coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to re­duc­ing nu­tri­ents and sed­i­ment en­ter­ing the marine park “and fol­lows Coun­cil’s re­cently com­pleted up­grade of the Can­non­vale sewage treat­ment plant, which now meets the strictest en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards for out­fall”.

“Coun­cil has been work­ing along­side Reef Catch­ments to in­stall th­ese three traps in the Can­non­vale Botanic Gar­dens over the last cou­ple of weeks and is pleased they will re­duce gross pollu- tants by 93 per cent,” she said.

Reef Catch­ments have pro­vided fund­ing for the traps through the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Reef Pro­gram and have also fa­cil­i­tated on-ground sup­port with their con­struc­tion.

Coun­cil’s Direc­tor of Plan­ning, Dan Sta­ley, said Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment of­fi­cers would now un­der­take regular in­spec­tions “as well as our parks crew, who can un­der­take [main­te­nance] if need be”.

Mr Folker said Reef Catch­ments would be mon­i­tor­ing the type of lit­ter caught by the traps and hoped to com­mu­ni­cate th­ese find­ings to Eco Barge Clean Seas.

CLEAN WA­TER: Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney, Coun­cil's direc­tor of plan­ning and com­mu­nity Dan Sta­ley and Reef Catch­ments pro­gram leader Adam Folk­ers at one of the three newly in­stalled pol­lu­tant traps near Can­non­vale Beach.

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