Active floodgate management

For the past 20 years, Rous has worked cooperatively with landowners, the sugar cane industry and NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries to actively manage floodgates across the Richmond floodplain.

Active management refers to the opening of floodgates during non-flood periods to allow tidal water to exchange between the river or creek and the drainage system. This improves drain water quality and enhances aquatic habitat and allows fish passage.

We have an Active Floodgate Management Plan for each of our floodgates that are actively managed.

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Status of Rous-implemented Active Floodgate Management plans

Active Floodgate Management plans can be implemented by volunteer landowners or Rous operators. Who implements each plan is decided on a site-by-site basis in consultation with the relevant landowners.  

We currently manage eleven plans. The remaining plans are implemented voluntarily by landowners. 

As at 4.00pm, 23 November 2022, the status of the floodgates we manage for tidal exchange is provided below.

System Modification Status Reason
Bagotville Barrage, Tuckean. Sluice window in three floodgates. One sluice open 100mm. As per active floodgate management plan.
Boggy Creek, Bungawalbyn. Sluice window in one floodgate.

Closed.

Elevated water levels and prolonged wet conditions.
Campbell's drain, Swan Bay. Sluice window in one floodgate.Sluice window in one floodgate. Sluice fully open.Sluice fully open.Closed. Elevated water levels and prolonged wet conditions.
Keith Hall drainage system, South Ballina. Sluice window in one floodgate.
Automatic tidal float mechanism on one floodgate.
Sluice open 50mm. As per active floodgate management plan.
Montis Creek, Broadwater. Automatic tidal float mechanism on one floodgate. Closes automatically. Elevated water levels and prolonged wet conditions.
Reardon's drain, Swan Bay. Sluice window in one floodgate. Closed. Elevated water levels and prolonged wet conditions.
Rocky Mouth Creek. Winch on six floodgates. All six floodgates winched fully open. As per active floodgate management plan.
Sandy Creek No. 1, Sandy Creek. Sluice window in the floodgate. Closed. Elevated water levels and prolonged wet conditions.
Seelims Canal. Sluice window in one floodgate. Closed. Elevated water levels and prolonged wet conditions.
Thearles drain, Swan Bay. Sluice window in one floodgate. Closed. Elevated water levels and prolonged wet conditions.
West Coraki Canal. Sluice window in one floodgate. Closed. Elevated water levels and prolonged wet conditions.