Interference with lagoon water levels at WTP

To: "Ross Macfarlane" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Interference with lagoon water levels at WTP
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 18:28:33 +1000

That's interesting Ross.

I was there on Sunday for the OBP count and I couldn't help thinking that
water levels were a little too high and birds weren't as abundant as usual.

Perhaps someone has tried to create more favourable conditions.  If so, it
would be a terrible shame if it results in restricted access.


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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

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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