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Andrew Kay: Flemington Road Pond No. 2

Andrew Kay: Flemington Road Pond No. 2

Bottle number: 7

About the water

A colour photo of Andrew Kaye labelling his water sample.
Andrew Kaye

Collected at: Flemington Road Pond No. 2 (discharge), [Mitchell], ACT

Sample point — at the exit of the pond, above the confluence with Sullivan's Creek drain.

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Collected by: Andrew Kaye

Regular site tested by Beth Tully and me for Waterwatch monthly.

Water quality (as at 3.30pm, 22 November 2009 following light rain in the past 24 hours):

Turbidity: 30NTU
pH: 8
Salinity: Electrical conductivity 140µS
Phosphates: 0.4mg/L
Dissolved oxygen: Don't presently test as the site was a concrete drain, and rejoins a concrete drain past the sample point.

ACT Waterwatch says:

There is a lot of settling still to happen at this site. It is also in the middle of a great deal of urban development; this accounts for the raised turbidity and phosphates. Once the plants become established, it is hoped they will take up the nutrients and lower the phosphate levels.

Flemington Road Pond No. 2 sample point - at the exit of the pond, above the confluence with Sullivan's Creek drain.
Flemington Road Pond No. 2 (discharge), Mitchell, ACT.

About the site

A new pond, only constructed a few months ago, to collect as a resource the storm water from the Mitchell stormwater drain that joins Sullivan's Creek.

Hopefully this passage through the pond environment will remove some impurities in the stream and improve water quality from this line that eventually enters Sullivan's Creek, the Molonglo River.

Previously a concrete drain, the pond has only been excavated and filled a few months ago, and is still producing very turbid water, from all the excavation/disturbance.

What's going on:

Shore planting is still being established, but the ducks have already found the site!

Monthly water monitoring for Waterwatch — pH, turbidity, phosphorus, conductivity, temperature.