Interference with lagoon water levels at WTP

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Subject: Interference with lagoon water levels at WTP
From: "Ross Macfarlane" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 16:02:44 +1000
Following was received via email today. I thought it was a sentiment worth 
sharing in this forum...


From: Birds Australia 
Sent: Tuesday, 14 September 2010 10:59 AM
To: BA Vic Group
Subject: BA-Vic e-News 14 September 2010


BA-Vic e-News 14 September 2010


Western Treatment Plant Water Levels

Melbourne Water have recently advised the Western Treatment Plant Biodiversity 
and Conservation Committee that people have been interfering with water levels 
in some of the conservation lagoons at the facility.

Water levels in lagoons are carefully controlled to a monthly plan prepared by 
the Conservation and Environment personnel after consultation with members of 
BCAC. The operations people have been extremely cooperative in implementing, as 
far as is practical, these requirements, which are designed to have the suite 
of conservation lagoons in the optimum condition for waders throughout the year.

Water levels are generally controlled by the placement of boards in the inlet 
and outlet ducts. It is these boards which have been interfered with several 
times in recent months.

The enormous goodwill of Melbourne Water in allowing birdwatchers access to the 
WTP, and in setting aside lagoons for the benefit of waders (and bird 
watchers), will be prejudiced if this interference does not cease. It is not 
proven that bird watchers have been responsible for these actions but Melbourne 
Water find it hard to imagine who else might have been involved.

Would all BA members visiting the WTP please make sure not to interfere in any 
way with water level controls. If you see anyone else doing so then please 
speak to them and also advise Melbourne Water. If anything appears amiss with 
water level control (or with stock) please contact Melbourne Water.

Thank you,

Clive Minton

BA representative on the WTP Biodiversity and Conservation Committee


Birds Australia

Suite 2-05, 60 Leicester Street

Carlton VIC 3053


Ph 1300 730 075

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