Bernadette Cudars: Yackandandah Creek, Sanatorium Road
Bottle number: 61
About the water
Collected at: Yackandandah Creek, Sanatorium Road, after Yackandandah, Victoria
This part of the creek is about 12kms south of the township located in Allans Flat.
Collected by: Bernadette Cudars
I became personally involved in Waterwatch in 2008 because no one in Yackandandah was testing the creek water. I chose this site because it was fairly accessible by car and located north of the Yackandandah township. If any differences in water quality are evident then Waterwatch have important information to add to the database.
|Dissolved oxygen:||8mg/L / 95% sat.|
Water temperature: 21.2 degrees Celsius
ACT Waterwatch says:
There are more nutrients than one would expect in this creek. I suspect stock have access to the creek and are fouling it.
About the site
This part of the creek is north of a bridge for Sanatorium Road. The area is heavily infested with riparian weed mainly blackberry. The site is used by people who take river sand (not by legal means I would suggest). The area is south of the Allans Flat dredge hole. The Creek at this point ran dry for most summer months.
What's going on:
There exists a Yackandandah Creek Waterway Action Plan (July 2009) by the North East Catchment Management Authority to restore back to health the Yackandandah Creek between Yackandandah and the Kiewa River.
I am not sure whether this site is included in the Action Plan but the Creek runs through many private properties and creek side weed and sediment build up are real issues here.
My involvement with the creek is purely on a voluntary basis with Waterwatch and my own observations. I am hoping to be involved with the Waterway Action Plan in some way.