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    10066: From drain to living stream – Katanning Creek

    Warwick Kindt (Shire of Katanning works manager), Karl Karu (urban wetland designer) and Marianne Perrie (district Landcare officer) work out a design for the Katanning Creek. Courtesy  Katanning Landcare Centre
    Warwick Kindt (Shire of Katanning works manager), Karl Karu (urban wetland designer) and Marianne Perrie (district Landcare officer) work out a design for the Katanning Creek. Courtesy Katanning Landcare Centre

    Katanning Creek flows through the centre of the Katanning town site.

    It is a naturally occurring waterway, but has been heavily modified through deepening and cementing of the channel walls. Frogs and turtles are known to live in the creek. However, there is minimal habitat, and litter is a major problem.

    There is no capacity for nutrients to be stripped from the creek so these flow on into downstream water bodies.

    The Shire of Katanning and the Katanning Land Conservation District Committee have a long-term aim to rehabilitate the entire length of the creek through the town.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project will assist the shire, the Katanning LCDC and volunteers to work together to restore natural banks, improve flow, and revegetate and enhance the waterway.

    The result will be a natural living stream, balancing ecological values with good water management, and contributing directly to the restoration of Lake Ewlyamartup (a downstream water body).

    The project will tackle the first section of creek (the most heavily modified and in a high public access area), stretching for 450 m between Clive and Park streets.

    Investment: $ 36 050
    Delivery organisation: Katanning Land Conservation District Committee
    Project duration: July 2011 - December 2012
    Location: Katanning Creek, between Clive Street and Park–Conroy, Katanning
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