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.
Frederick Baldwin Lake, 150 Le Souef Drive, Kardinya 6163 Get Directions