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Blue Sparks ACT: Nettletons Creek

Blue Sparks ACT: Nettletons Creek

Bottle number: 28

About the water

Principal Collector: Noah Poland (at front holding bottle). Assistant collectors: (from back to front) Rebecca Hyslop, Ciaran Lane, Annabelle Mill, Richard Hyslop, Olvier Poland, Ethen Laver, Thomas Hyslop, Oliver Mill.
Principal Collector: Noah Poland (at front holding bottle). Assistant collectors: (from back to front) Rebecca Hyslop, Ciaran Lane, Annabelle Mill, Richard Hyslop, Olvier Poland, Ethen Laver, Thomas Hyslop, Oliver Mill.

Collected at: Nettletons Creek, Charlies Forest, via Mongarlowe, NSW [Outside Murray-Darling Basin]

20 metres downstream of the Charlies Forest Road crossing, Charlies Forest, via Mongarlowe, NSW. On Durran Durra Topographical map the site is located at 82.5 North, 72.5 East

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Collected by: Blue Sparks ACT Sub-junior Orienteering group (5 to 12 year olds)

Private property owned by a family which is interested in conservation. Family regularly hosts junior orienteering camping weekends where children can undertake landscape reading and training exercises.

ACT Blue Sparks training camp was scheduled for November so it was an opportune time for the children to read about water quality issues and be involved in the water collection activity.

Water quality:

Turbidity: Minimal suspended solids <10
pH: between 7 and 8.5
Nitrates: No nitrates
Salinity: Electrical conductivity 80 µS/cm
Phosphates: No phosphates
Dissolved oxygen: >6 and probably closer to 9

Pretty much perfect water I believe.

ACT Waterwatch says:

This stream is by far the best waterway I have seen in Australia. This is the way all upland streams should look. The water is crystal clear; there are no nutrients at all. Native plants grow up to and over the edges of the banks, and thus protect them from erosion. Insects found in the river indicate consistently high levels of oxygen.

Nettletons Creek, Charlies Forest, via Mongarlowe, NSW.
Nettletons Creek, Charlies Forest, via Mongarlowe, NSW.

About the site

Water is sourced from Mt Currockbilly in Morton NP, approximately 8km away from collection site.

Creek crosses one low use public dirt road only, water collected just downstream of this crossing.

Creek passes through around 2 cleared and grazed properties from its source to collection point.

Water collected where creek crosses small poa grass flat.

Area used for gold mining last century, and had a disused eucalyptus distillery some 20 metres away.

Area now left in natural state.

What's going on:

Maintenance of area in as pristine a state as possible.

Group – nil.

Family that owns the site in involved in maintaining the surrounding acres in as natural a state as possible and regularly undertakes weed control and excludes any grazing – planned or accidental.