New Plans Considered for Lake Tuggeranong

Treatment options to improve the long-term water quality of Lake Tuggeranong, including floating wetlands, submerged bubblers, fountains, dredging, in-lake recycling and sediment curtains were announced for public consultation today by the Government of Australia Capital Territory.

Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell said the the options would be the start of a discussion on how Canberrans want their iconic lakes and rivers to be used and rejuvenated.

By improving our lakes we’re not only looking to improve water quality into the Murray–Darling Basin, but to further improve Canberra’s liveability, boost tourism and support economic and employment growth for the capital region,” Mr Corbell said.

The Commonwealth and ACT governments have allocated $93.5 million over five years to reduce the impact of storm water, sediment and other pollutants on the ACT’s waterways, with subsequent flow-on effects downstream to the Murrumbidgee and Murray–Darling river systems.

Consultation on the territory’s six priority catchments begins on July 28, when Canberrans will be invited to have their say on treatment options for Yarralumla Creek, Fyshwick, Lake Tuggeranong, Upper Molonglo, Lower Molonglo and West Belconnen catchment areas.

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