Monday, January 30, 2012

'Black water' kills Hundreds of fish in Reservoir wetlands, Australia

A popular wetland in Melbourne's north has been hit by a 'black water' event that has killed hundreds of fish.
A POPULAR wetland in Melbourne's north has been hit by a ''black water'' event that has killed hundreds of fish.

Local residents described the water just north of Edwardes Lake in Reservoir as jet black and smelling rotten.

The black water in the Edgars Creek wetlands has again highlighted problems with the health of Melbourne's waterways, which have been plagued by stormwater runoff and sewage spills after heavy rain.

The Environment Protection Agency says it is still investigating the cause of the black water. Spokeswoman Tanya O'Shea said officers initially observed 30 dead carp - an invasive pest - the largest being 45 centimetres long.

Darebin Council city design and environment director Daniel Freer said 200 to 300 carp had perished in the black water, along with a few smaller fish, likely to be perch.

The EPA says it has instructed the council to clean the dead fish from the wetlands, which have now been partly drained and will be flushed with fresh water. Read More