Wednesday, June 3, 2009

ABC Wednesdays - T for Torrens

Adelaide's River Torrens is not a fast flowing river. Water is dammed at various points along the river to create lakes and wetlands; the Torrens' Lake in the City being a prime example.

Further downstream the river is almost dry for much of the year, but recent work has been done to develop a series of wetlands like this one upstream from Henley Beach Road.

Now work is being done downstream from there to create another. This is the second stage of the Breakout Creek Wetland project.

This construction stage includes the excavation of 60,000 cubic metres of material to shape the wetlands and the builing of two concrete weirs. Over the next two years the wetands will come alive with the planting of 60,000 local native plants.

Viewing platforms, jetties and boardwalks will be built to provide opportunies for fishing and bird watching.

A brochure on the project can be downloaded here.

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10 comments:

James said...

Very interesting. I hope you post a picture when it's finished.

Gordon said...

James - I certainly will.

Roger Owen Green said...

Not torrential at all, despite the name.

Babooshka said...

That struck me too Torrens and it's so unnervingly still. It will be interesting to see the outcome of such an ambitious project.

Ann said...

Like the green green grass next to the water. Are they going to deepen the river?

Thanks about the sheep, did you have trouble with the kids and their smelly shoes when they stood on th esheep pellets?

Gordon said...

Ann - we have had some steady rains over the last month so everything is looking green again; wonderful.

Some of the mothers weren't too impressed with the 'sheepmowers' - they certainly complained about the smelly shoes.

spacedlaw said...

Interesting that you guys are trying to create wetlands instead of trying to get rid of them as is the trend around here!

Carol said...

An interesting post...It will be fun to see the progression of this project...

Tumblewords: said...

What a project - will be interesting to see how it comes out...

Q said...

Nice that wet lands are being created. Habitat is needed!
sherry