The Lower Vasse River runs through the centre of Busselton and is an ephemeral river (does not flow over summer). To improve the amenity of this section of waterway, at the end of winter check boards are installed near the Butter factory to hold water in the river system creating a still pool over summer months. This, coupled with high nutrient loads from the catchment and within the sediment of the river bed creates ideal conditions for algal blooms. Poor water quality conditions over peak tourism summer holidays are an ongoing major concern of the local community. Once a major icon and centre of social and recreational activities in Busselton, including the Busselton Festival, the river is now characterised by permanent health warnings over summer.
Coordination of management of the Lower Vasse River will be undertaken by the City of Busselton with support from the Department of Water, Water Corporation, Busselton Water and GeoCatch.
The main activities to be coordinated by the City of Busselton over the next three years will be to:
• Establish management objectives in consultation with key stakeholders and the community for the Lower Vasse River
• Coordinate the involvement of other parties to provide technical support and management input to improve water quality in the Lower Vasse River
• Liaise with GeoCatch to coordinate community consultation and communication regarding the Lower Vasse River
• Seek funding and partnerships for the development and implementation of a water management plan for the Lower Vasse River
• Work with the Department of Water to develop water quality treatment trials for the Lower Vasse River
Fortnightly water quality monitoring is undertaken in the Lower Vasse River by the Department of Water over summer.
For more information contact Greg Simpson – Manager Environmental Services, City of Busselton 9781 0485.
Photo courtesy of Allan Clarke, DPAW.