It is hard to believe, but it has been 12 months since we completed the restoration options report for Glenshera Swamp, in Stipiturus Conservation Park, and if all goes to plan then the first steps towards improving the hydrology of this important wetland will hopefully get underway in April 2017.
Those first proposed steps (see image below) involve installing a series of adjustable geo-fabric sandbag weir structures, to:
- reinstate the meanders in the natural creek line above the swamp, slowing flow velocity, restoring waterway habitat and improving water quality
- restore flows to the final, currently isolated, section of creek, which will then deliver water back into the top of Glenshera Swamp for the first time in over 70 years
- decommission the rest of the bypass drain, to prevent it drawing water away from the swamp
Assuming everything falls into place over the next few weeks, then April is shaping up to be a busy month of sandbagging!
We’ll have a limited number of places available for interested helpers to register as volunteers to assist our core crew working on the job. Because this will happen over several days throughout the month, there will be a number of dates to choose from. All this means, if you are keen and physically fit, there is no excuse for not being involved in some very satisfying, practical, wetland restoration work.
If you would like to take part in the first Fleurieu Swamp hydrological restoration project, then please register your interest, and we’ll be in touch with further details soon, including potential dates to choose from.