LAKE BYPASS STARTS

WORK is underway on an engineering project to bypass one of the Reedy Lakes network near Kerang.

The Third Reedy Lake Bypass Project is designed to improve the ecological condition of the lake whilst also expected to achieve water savings of 1.6 gigalitres annually.Pipes have been delivered to the site, about 3 kilometres north-west of Kerang, in preparation for the project to proceed.

The works form part of the $2 billion Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) Connections Project and were approved by the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy.

The project does not affect the Reedy Lake or the Middle Lake ibis breeding rookery. 

Conditions were imposed to protect the environment during the construction phase of the Third Reedy Lake bypass channel.

"A key part of our work has been the preparation of a Construction Environmental Management Plan, a Cultural Heritage Management Plan and an Operational Environmental Management Plan," Connections environment manager Ross Plunkett said.

Connections project director, Frank Fisseler, outlined the anticipated environmental benefits for the Third Reedy Lake area.

"The works will allow the restoration of habitat for aquatic flora and fauna, improve water bird breeding and feeding opportunities and manage pest plants and animals."

Importantly, Mr Fisseler indicated land owners in the area will experience no change to their access to water, whether for irrigation, stock or domestic use.

The 1.7-megalitre per day bypass channel will be 1.4 kilometres long and will include a fish passage.

READY. Ibis fly over the lake adjacent to pipes to be used in the bypass.

READY. Ibis fly over the lake adjacent to pipes to be used in the bypass.

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