EstuaryWatch Data Portal
|Estuary name||Merri River Estuary|
|CMA||Glenelg Hopkins CMA|
The Merri Estuary is located near Warrnambool in southwest Victoria. The river has two openings to the sea, both artificially modified. In 1859, the course of the Merri River was diverted in an attempt to prevent sedimentation in Lady Bay (Gill 1984). The main channel of the Merri River now discharges into the sea at Stingray Bay east of Pickering Point.
|Monitor group||Merri River EstuaryWatch Group|
M1 Stanley StreetActive Physico-Chemical 27-10-2013 - 11-03-2023
Monitoring has historically been conducted from pedestrian crossing on the downstream side of Stanley bridge, Warrnambool.
In February 2022, this site was moved 100m upstream onto the left bank of the Merri River, with sampling to occur from the new floating pontoon. This change was initiated due to the reconstruction of Edwards bridge in 2022, along with providing safer volunteer access and parking.
M2 Fonterra Floating PontoonActive Physico-Chemical 17-11-2013 - 11-03-2023
The floating pontoon at the end of the Esplanade, Warrnambool.
MGB Merri River Water Level Gauge BoardActive Gauge Board
Gauge board can be found on the retaining wall downstream of the Stanley Street Bridge. When looking downstream from the pedestrian bridge you will see it on the right.
MMC1 Sting Ray BayActive Mouth Condition 27-10-2013 - 11-03-2023
Where the Merri River exits into Sting Ray Bay.
MMC2 Rutledges CuttingActive Mouth Condition 07-12-2013 - 11-03-2023
Beach access track at the most eastern carpark in Belfast Coastal Reserve.
Mp1 Stingray BayActive Photopoint 27-03-2014 - 11-03-2023
Photo is taken at the bottom of the beach access stairs near Emergency marker WCC112, Sting Ray Bay.
Mp2 Rutledges CuttingActive Photopoint 10-02-2017 - 11-02-2023
At the end of the beach access track from the easter carpark in Belfast Coastal Reserve.
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