The Coldstream River in flood. Recent algae problems in the river were the result of flood mitigation works. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
The Coldstream River in flood. Recent algae problems in the river were the result of flood mitigation works. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Algae problems done and dusted

ALGAE and odour problems that have plagued Broadmouth Creek on the Coldstream River appear to have been consigned to history.

Clarence Valley Council senior natural resource management officer, Peter Wilson, said problems around the creek mouth had resulted from flood mitigation works years ago but had been resolved through cooperation of local land managers and authorities.

"As a result of recent works, landholders are now able to keep the floodgate open at all non-flood times, reconnecting it to tidal waters from the Coldstream River," he said.

Local resident David Gibson said locals were "very impressed with it and it works a treat".

"We are now able to keep the floodgate open and it keeps the creek running clean and clear. No more algae, weeds or odour problems," he said.

Mr Wilson said council had also completed some drain modification works to help landholders in the retention of fresh water over their land at another site on the Coldstream near Tucabia.

Landholder Keith Connor said the results of the recent work were definitely pleasing.

"It has probably doubled the feed for this time of the year and if we didn't have it done we would have been in a bit of trouble," Mr Connor said.

These works were completed with funding provided by Local Land Services - North Coast and the Clarence Valley Council.

Mr Wilson said the works were undertaken to complement previous restoration efforts.

He said landholders could call the council's natural resource management team to discuss any project ideas they might have.



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