WTP1

Western Treatment Plant

12

Years

24

Photos

2011

22 November 2011
22 November 2011
15 December 2011

2012

9 January 2012
24 February 2012
29 April 2012
22 July 2012
2 October 2012
26 October 2012

2013

26 June 2013
13 August 2013
13 August 2013
12 October 2013

2014

16 May 2014
25 July 2014

2015

13 March 2015
23 April 2015
23 April 2015
2 July 2015

2017

15 February 2017
28 September 2017

2018

23 March 2018

2019

2 October 2019

2023

23 February 2023

WTP1

This small ‘borrow pit’ at the Western Treatment Plant has been known to support breeding Growling Grass Frogs (a nationally threatened species). Melbourne Water attempts to manage water levels (and vegetation) in this small pond to provide good frog breeding habitat between October and April. The pond should normally be drawn down between April and August to prevent the build-up of frog predators, pathogens and parasites. But managing water levels (and water quality) is not exact since we have only limited control and have found the pond leaks badly when filled. The Fluker Post is used to record water levels and vegetation cover. In particular we are watching the patch of Kikuyu Grass to learn how quickly it might spread and when we might need to step in and manage it.

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