Frederick Baldwin Lake Monitoring and Survey Project

The City will be studying and monitoring the lake’s water quality and ecological processes over the next year

Project Information

The City has formed an alliance with Murdoch University’s Harry Butler Institute to study and monitor the lake’s water quality and ecological processes over a minimum 1 year timespan. This includes the use of boats, nets, gumboots and technology to create a better picture of lake health through the seasons as well as the creatures that live there.

The aims of this project are:

  • To improve the overall health of the lake, including water and land, to create a healthy ‘waterhole’ for local wildlife;
  • To improve water quality for aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem health, mitigating the frequency and severity of botulism and algal outbreaks;
  • To maintain the lake’s function as a stormwater detention basin;
  • To improve public understanding and encourage healthy human relationship with the lake.

Initial activities will include:

  • Fish survey including carp removal, by boat on Friday 17 September.
  • Turtle, small fish and macro invertebrate survey including small net traps set up around the lake and left overnight, during the week of 27 September.
  • Installation of “Smart Lake” monitoring equipment in late 2021.

A letter is being sent to residents informing them of this project and inviting them to participate by reporting on turtle and bird sightings and joining a new friends group.

Contact Details

Friends Group ContactBrian Walker Brian.Walker@melville.wa.gov.au
Project ContactZoe Williamson Zoe.Williamson@melville.wa.gov.au or 9364 0725

 

Location

Frederick Baldwin Lake, 150 Le Souef Drive, Kardinya 6163 Get Directions
What are the nets for?

Turtle and macroinvertebrate survey. Creatures will be recorded and released unharmed.

What is the boat doing?

Fish survey. Native fish will be re-released unharmed. Invasive species will be removed to improve the lake’s ecology and health.

What are the buoys in the lake?

The buoys monitor and test water quality throughout the seasons. There are also sensors on the seven inlet pipes. This information is relayed back to the Smart Cities dashboard.

Why do all this?

To better understand the lake’s health in order to make well informed decisions about how to improve it, and to be able to measure the relative success of these interventions.

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