Wingecarribee Shire Council's Waterwatch program is monitoring the health of key urban waterways including Mittagong Creek Bowral, Lake Alexandra Mittagong, Caalang Creek Robertson and Whites Creek Moss Vale.
Water quality monitoring is a great way to keep an eye on the health of a particular catchment. When conducted regularly and consistently, water quality tests can highlight trends through time and indicate when something is not right and requires further investigation.
The parameters currently being tested at nine locations through the Waterwatch program are temperature, pH, electrical conductivity (salinity), turbidity and dissolved oxygen.
Caalang Creek Robertson
Caalang Creek flows through the township of Robertson and runs into Wingecarribee Swamp.
Natural reaches exist along parts of the creek and there are sections that have been modified.
The surrounding catchment is mostly urban with some industrial and open fields.
The creek supports some native flora and fauna species. In addition, the creek has a number of recreation reserves.
Lake Alexandra Mittagong
Lake Alexandra is located on Queen Street, Mittagong.
It covers an area of approximately 6.5 ha and is in close proximity to Mittagong Railway Station.
Lake Alexandra is bounded by Mount Alexandra to the north, residential properties to the south, residential properties and St Michaels Church to the east and residential properties and Mittagong Public School to the west.
Mittagong Creek Bowral
Mittagong Creek flows through the township of Bowral.
The length of the creek is 12.6 km.
Much of Mittagong Creek is modified and the surrounding catchment is mostly urban and industrialised with some open fields.
Natural reaches exist along some of the parks and reserves and the creek supports some native flora and fauna species.
Whites Creek Moss Vale
The catchment and floodplains of Whites Creek fall within the broader Moss Vale subregion of the Hawkesbury/Nepean Catchment Management Area (CMA).
Whites Creek is 7.2 km long and flows through Moss Vale in a north-west direction and the catchment has a number of land uses within the area.
In the upper reaches there is parkland and rural areas, followed by the urbanised town before returning to rural land at the bottom of the catchment.