Drains set for environmental gain
Released 24 Mar 2011
The project, which is being run in partnership between the department, Shire of Manjimup and Department of Environment and Conservation, will redesign and retrofit two stormwater drains running off Walpole Street.
"The objective of the project is to show examples of how the quality of water flowing from the town site into the inlets can be improved," Rivercare Officer Kirsten Murray said.
"The project design involves the stabilising of the drain channel and the planting of native sedges. This design will encourage the filtration of the stormwater through the soil and also allow the plants to utilise nutrients in the water as it flows past."
Kirsten said the Walpole community will be the first to demonstrate these retro-fitting techniques in the South Coast region.
The project is part of a larger state-wide project focusing on the protection of priority waterways that is funded through the Australian Government's Caring for our Country program.
The Department of Water is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the planting of sedges- which naturally grow in wet conditions, are easily planted, cope well with river flows and have a root system that protects against erosion. The project is due to commence at the end of March and is expected to take one week.
If you are able to assist, or would like more details on this project, then please contact Kirsten Murray on 98410 120.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441