Newsletter, 5 September 2009

Welcome to the Lakes Need Water newsletter September edition.

It's the ASS... Acid Sulfate Soils, again

DEH announced 28th of August that the 200 ha Loveday Bay has turned acidic, (pH 2.3) Loveday Bay is located in the SE corner of the lake close to the southern end of the Tauwhichere barrage. It once contained an excellent wetland, the vegetation and bird life of which has all but disappeared. 

These charts from a recent CSIRO report show how many hecatares will turn acidic at different water levels or AHD.  While the thin red line may not mean much to most people, the pie chart shows that 21,995 hectares will become acidic.


Check out our updated our acid sulphate soils information page

Latest DEH Community Update

In the fine print of the latest from DEH is the fact that a decision on the temporary weir at Pomanda has been delayed from 4th of September to 12th of October.

Interesting that there is plenty of information on the remediation trials, yet nothing on the recent fish kill at Ewe Island.

Fish kill at Ewe Island due to acidic water - August 2009

Upcoming interviews

We've been told that Landline will be airing a program on the Lower Lakes.  Try to catch it at noon, Sunday, 13th of September and watch for some of the LakesNeedWater folks.

Fencing across the dry lake bed

Who's lake bed is it?  Officially it is Crown Land.  Do farmers have the right to fence into the receding lake waters? Some very dodgy single strand barbed wire fences are appearing across the dry lake bed.  Those of you considering using horses, bikes or hovercraft should use extreme care.  Check out our new page on Fencing on public land.  Send us your opinion to

Speaking of hovercraft, read about the  the unusual way officials are getting out to these hard to reach areas.  

New Twitter feed for LakesNeedWater

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Photo of the Month

Loveday Bay, showing iron precipitate at pH 2.3