“SLOW THE FLOW” IN THE KYEAMBA CREEK
50 ML OF RAIN
8 EROSION WORKS
THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2016
PURPOSE: stop active erosion, kickstart natural repair processes in gullies and begin the rehydration of the surrounding landscape.
EROSION CONTROL IN THE RAIN:
On a fine winters morning….well not so fine….on an absolute miserable morning, complete with pouring rain and freezing cold winds, we all gathered in Jerry and Chris Garners shed in Big Springs for a warming cup of coffee and some cake. With trepidation we listened to the thundering rain on the shed’s tin roof.
From the dry and warmth of the shed, Cam Wilson, from Earth Integral, provided a theoretical explanation of how to stop active erosion, kickstart natural repair processes in gullies and begin the rehydration of the surrounding landscape. And then…the weather presented a window of opportunity so we all put on our warmest and most waterproof jackets and headed out into the elements to put this theory into practice! With Cam’s guidance, we all worked together to build 8 low-cost erosion control structures from start-to-finish. All of the hard work was rewarded with a BBQ and a warming drink.
Participants left with an understanding of how to build structures and where and how they should be placed for maximum success. The hope is that people use this new skill to control erosion as a community, and collectively reduce sediments flowing into Kyeamba Creek, reduce speed of run off, decrease impact of flood events downstream and re-establish vegetation along stream banks and gullies.
Blog post by Mid-Murrumbidgee Local Landcare Coordinator Maddy Gorham