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Dunedoo Area Community Group Inc: Talbrager River

Dunedoo Area Community Group Inc: Talbrager River

Bottle number: 94

About the water

A colour photo of a Dunedoo Area Community Group Inc (Dunedoo Coolah Landcare) volunteer holding the sample of water.
Volunteer, Dunedoo Area Community Group Inc.

Collected at: Talbragar River Crossing, road between Coolah and Cassilis, NSW

S: 31° 56.572', E: 149° 52.489'

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Collected by: Dunedoo Area Community Group Inc (Dunedoo Coolah Landcare)

Was a site on a recent Talbragar River bus trip, have not conducted any work at the site.

Water quality:

Turbidity: 56
pH: 8
Salinity: 960µS

ACT Waterwatch says:

The land use and the impact on water quality look to be pretty tightly linked here.

Stock in the waterway means increased turbidity, while irrigation raises salinity to levels that are not considered acceptable for stock to drink anyway. The lack of flow currently may mean that salinity is often lower when the water level is up.

Talbragar River Crossing, road between Coolah and Cassilis, NSW.
Talbragar River Crossing, road between Coolah and Cassilis, NSW.

About the site

Species include weeping willows, river oak, cumbungi, there is good tree cover, good bank vegetation cover, no flow, turbid brown looking water, gravel base in places – otherwise mud bottom. Photos taken off recently condemned bridge, new bridge has just been constructed just downstream.

What's going on:

Currently river is used as a stock watering point, land use practices just out of river include centre pivot irrigation, lucerne hay production, cropping and grazing, no evidence of recreational use, no revegetation. New bridge just built downstream, one willow half cut out.

No work other than sporadic water sampling.