EstuaryWatch Data Portal
|Estuary||Barwon River Estuary|
|Site name||Reedy Lake Gate South Side|
|Nearest road and town||Calder Street, Whittington|
The Reedy Lake Gate South Side monitoring site has been added to the Barwon EstuaryWatch Monitoring Plan to provide ongoing water quality data to assist in the management of the watering regime for Reedy Lake. Water flow between the lake and the wider Barwon estuary can be controlled via gated access points. This monitoring site is located at the Reedy Lake outlet gate, that is, where water from Reedy Lake flows out through the gate when it is lowered.
This site is only monitored by EstuaryWatch volunteers when accompanied by an EstuaryWatch Coordinator. It is a physical/chemical monitoring site, but photopoint monitoring will also be undertaken in an effort to track vegetation change aligned with changes in the water regime.
To access the Reedy Lake Gate South Side Monitoring Site is only via four wheel drive through a locked gate. Therefore the site must only be accessed by EstuaryWatch volunteers when accompanied by an EstuaryWatch Coordinator. To access the site, turn off the Bellarine highway onto Coppards Road, then head south to Calder Street. A locked gate is located at this point and a four wheel drive access track can then be followed to the site.
|Land use description||
The Reedy Lake complex is an amazing aspect of the Barwon Estuary system located right in the heart of Geelong. In 1983 the Reserve was declared by the Victorian Government as a “wetland of international significance” under the Ramsar convention. The reserve provides significant habitat for a number of endangered migratory bird species. Surrounding the State Game Reserve is land used for residential and rural use.
|Observation history||06-02-2017 - 25-05-2018|
Turbidity tubes do not measure below 9 NTU; Chart values of 9 should be interpreted as < 9 NTU
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