All eyes have been on the skies this month with many Wheatbelt towns recording above average rains. Social media feeds have been buzzing with photos and videos of fast-flowing rivers and full lakes. Of particular interest to us is the amount of water at the two lakes that were part of our recently completed Living Lakes project - Lake Yealering and Lake Ewlyamartup, east of Katanning.
Last year saw our decade-long Living Lakes project draw to a close. The aim of this project was to improve water quality, build recreational opportunities for the community and improve inundation at both lakes. The recent wet weather has meant that the local communities have been able to capitalise on all three of these aims.
Improving water quality and inundation
A few months ago, Lake Ewlyamartup was partially filled. This water was released via the newly constructed flushing channel to improve quality and now the lake is nearly full with plenty of signs that it will be filled again before the end of the month.
Lake Yealering is full to the jetty for the first time since the project commenced. The inundation is pointing towards an extremely successful Regatta for the Yealering community. The highly anticipated event will be held on 9 October.
The Living Lakes project was supported by Royalties for Regions. Visit our Living Lakes page to find out more about the completed project.