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Point Sturt and Districts Landcare Group Inc: Finniss River, upstream of Winery Road Ford

Point Sturt and Districts Landcare Group Inc: Finniss River, upstream of Winery Road Ford

Bottle number: 113

About the water

A colour photo of Point Sturt and Districts Landcare Group member Annette Allnutt taking water sample. Photo by Bruce Allnutt.
Annette Allnutt, Point Sturt and Districts Landcare Group.
Photo: Bruce Allnutt.

Collected at: Upstream of the Winery Road Ford, Finniss River, Finniss, South Australia

E: 302688, N: 6080945, Zone 54

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Collected by: Point Sturt and Districts Landcare Group Inc.

Local people's concerns with the water situation both sides of the Ford. Water is monitored by another group.

Water quality:

Turbidity: NTU ~ 35
pH: 7.5
Nitrates: 0.5mg/L
Salinity: 1862┬ÁS/cm
Phosphates: 0.05mg/L
Dissolved oxygen: 2.8mg/L

Due to good rainfall in the catchment during 2009 the Finniss has contributed a considerable quantity of water to the Goolwa Pool that has been created by the recent construction of a weir across the Lower Murray at Clayton Bay, SA. This Goolwa pool has been created to the detriment of Lake Alexandrina.

About the site

Upstream of the Winery Road Ford, Finniss River, Finniss, South Australia.
Upstream of the Winery Road Ford, Finniss River, Finniss, South Australia. Photo: Bruce Allnutt.


The Winery Road Ford on the Finniss River is the demarcation line between the actual Finniss River Water and the Lake Alexandrina 'pool level' water (in the Finniss River) which is controlled by the Barrages.

What's going on:

The Finniss River is a tributary of the Lower Murray and its catchment is in the Eastern Mt. Lofty Ranges.

A current moratorium is in place (supposedly) to prevent further extractions from the River, pending the Eastern Mt Lofty Ranges Water Allocation Plan. This moratorium has been in place for in excess of 6 years.

Flows from the River have been reducing for years due to over extraction. The Finniss River is a major contributor of water to Lake Alexandrina.

On going monitoring is being done by another Group with which our group is associated.