Cudal Public School: Boree Creek
Bottle number: 45
About the water
Collected at: Boree Creek, Cudal, NSW
North-eastern side of Cudal.
Collected by: Cudal Public School (Rhiannon Roe)
Cudal Public School became involved with monitoring and managing the site through the Central Western Lachlan Catchment Management Authority. Leah McCarroll, a representative of the LCMA has worked extensively with the students and teachers to teach and guide them through the process of monitoring the site.
At the time we went to assess the site, there was no water flow and the creek was completely dry, therefore making collecting a sample and testing it impossible. Our prior salinity reading taken on 9 November 2009 was 1.0, the highest it has been in the past 12 months.
Cudal experienced a flash flood about a month ago, however, the water from the flood entered the Boree Creek further south than our regular testing site.
ACT Waterwatch says:
I can't say much about a dry creek ... things might be different there now!
About the site
The site is often used as grazing land. There is currently no water in the creek. It has some erosion. The site we visit for testing has a bridge which is the main access for the local sports ground.
What's going on:
The site is currently under severe stress. The Boree Creek has water continually pumped from it from farms further north and south of the site. Therefore, it currently has no water in the creek bed which has led to loss of habitat, erosion and loss of native wildlife.
Once per month, the students of Cudal Public School test the salinity of the Boree Creek and fax the results to the LCMA. The school is also involved in Waterwatch and Bug Watch programs run through the LCMA.