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For the past 18 years, Council 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.
Council has an Active Floodgate Management Plan for each of its floodgates that are actively managed.
These plans detail:
Council acknowledges that active floodgate management is a cooperative exercise between itself as the Flood Mitigation Authority and landowners. Council thanks landowners on the Richmond floodplain for their continued support of this important activity.
Status of Bagotville Barrage and Rocky Mouth Creek floodgates
Rous County Council operates the Bagotville Barrage and Rocky Mouth Creek floodgates in accordance with their active floodgate management plans. Many other floodgates are operated voluntarily by landowners and specific floodgate management plans are in place for those systems.
As at 3 May 2019, the status of the Bagotville Barrage and Rocky Mouth Creek floodgates is provided below.
|Bagotville Barrage||Sluice window in three floodgates.||One sluice open 250mm.||As per current Active Floodgate Management Plan.|
|Rocky Mouth Creek||Winch on six floodgates.||Floodgates are all winched open.||As per current Active Floodgate Management Plan.|