Council moving to open Lake Tabourie
July 20, 2011
Shoalhaven City Council is making moves to open Lake Tabourie with the current rain having an effect on water levels.
Council staff have been monitoring Lake Tabourie and the local rainfall forecast on a daily basis since the lake’s water level stabilised around one metre Australian Height Datum (AHD).
As a result of the current heavy rainfall in the catchment, the water level in the Lake has now risen to 1.1m AHD, approaching the 1.17m level that triggers the intervention to open the entrance.
As such, Council staff have authorised the preparation of a pilot channel as soon as the contractors machinery can be deployed, making the area ready for an opening when tidal conditions are suitable later today.
All relevant agencies have been notified of this plan and it is important to note that it is also outside the shorebird nesting season.
Monitoring of Lake Tabourie will continue over the coming days and operational changes may be made as the week progresses.
Local residents are asked to please respect all on site safety measures and pay attention to erected hazard signage.