Unfortunately a group of youths managed to overturn the water quality monitoring station on Friday.
Local residents called Police and at this stage it is unknown whether charges will be laid. Apart from serious damage to the electronics, water quality measurements are now indefinitely interrupted until the damage is repaired. The monitoring platform was recovered by Council workers on Saturday. It is important that users of the lake STAY OFF THE PLATFORM! This is not designed as a rest stop for SUP’s or as a diving platform!
Brisbane Council Plan to Implement Aerators in Forest Lake: Why isn’t the Gold Coast CC exploring this option for Lake Hugh Muntz?
Forest Lake is a freshwater lake, located approximately 20 km from the Brisbane CBD, and has a lot in common with Lake Hugh Muntz in Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast.
This non- swimming lake is about two thirds the size of LHM and has also been battling with Blue Green Algae for many years.
Forest Lake is situated in a highly built up area, surrounded by many properties that are directly affected by the ongoing decline in lake health.
Like LHM, Forest Lake has experienced delays in finding and implementing effective treatment. This has resulted in a further decline of water quality, an increased difficulty in finding a resolution, along with increased maintenance costs.
The similarities end here.
Brisbane City Council (BCC) have a “ Management Plan” and an approved budget of one million dollars to implement effective trials to combat the algae. This is on top of the fifty thousand dollars that BCC has spent on lake maintenance every year.
Please see link below to a video for more info on the trial of bottom aerators as the first step in lake restoration
Council Announcement – Lake Repair
Floating Black Deposits have been reported in several areas on the Eastern side of the lake in front of properties and parklands. Similar deposits have surfaced in the West side of the lake in the past. The West side of the lake is in a critical condition – no oxygen at the lower levels contributing to a build-up of decaying material.
To date, there has never been a reported occurrence in the Eastern lake. Clearly this cannot be seen as a positive indication.
Council advised that the black spots were collected by CMU and have been identified as decaying organic matter. Council has indicated that these types of ‘black spots’ occur routinely across most old lakes.