7 November 2014
Constructed Wetlands Development for the Barratta Creek Catchment
Constructed wetlands are used to naturally increase the quality of run-off water or excess water not only in agriculture but also in towns and cities across Australia.
Irrigation tailwater runoff from several large cane farms in the Burdekin-Haughton Water Supply Scheme in North Queensland is being diverted from the current tailwater drain system through a constructed wetland via a remediation pond.
Constructed wetlands are used to naturally increase the quality of run off water or excess water not only in agriculture but also in towns and cities across Australia.
Stage 2 the wetland will boast an island to provide safe habitat for local fauna and will also play a large role in stripping nutrient and chemicals from the water as it flows back into the tailwater drain on its way to the natural creek systems. This project aims to showcase other options for the many Burdekin farmers who choose to invest in tailwater recycling to not only improve farm water use efficiency but also to protect our environment.
Below are images from the wetland site, provided by Senior Project Officer Merv Pyott.