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    10065: Much to do about saving a lake – Ewlyamartup

    Volunteer Ernie Maples monitors the water at one of the eight new water-monitoring points established in the Lake Ewlyamartup catchment. Courtesy Katanning Landcare Centre
    Volunteer Ernie Maples monitors the water at one of the eight new water-monitoring points established in the Lake Ewlyamartup catchment. Courtesy Katanning Landcare Centre

    Lake Ewlyamartup is located 18 km east of Katanning at the bottom of a 50 700-ha catchment, which includes the towns of Broomehill and Katanning.

    The 100-ha lake is an environmental and social asset for the Great Southern region. Lake Ewlyamartup is home to 95 species of birds, including the priority-listed hooded plover and freckled duck.

    The lake is upstream of the Coblinine Nature Reserve and plays an important role as a flood retention basin. It also has a long history of recreational use, including boating, picnicking and swimming.

    Restoring the lake from a saline, yellow, disused water body to a vibrant healthy lake is the long- term objective of this community program.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project aims to reduce the impact of nutrients on the lake, and improve habitat for native animals by:

    • planting 14 000 native seedlings
    • erecting 8.2 km of fences
    • undertaking fox control activities to protect a hooded plover population
    • undertaking water nutrient monitoring
    • educating farmers about reducing fertiliser run-off
    • engaging volunteers in both planning and actions to rehabilitate the lake.
    Investment: $ 42 590
    Delivery organisation: Katanning Land Conservation District Committee
    Project duration: July 2011 - December 2012
    Location: Lake Ewlyamartup, 18 km east of Katanning on the Nyabing Road
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