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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.
Rocky Mouth Creek Active Floodgate Management Plan 2018-2021 (draft in progress)
Status of Council-operated floodgates
Rous County Council operates the Bagotville Barrage and Rocky Mouth Creek floodgates in accordance with their active floodgate management plans.
As at 29/11/2018, the status of these systems is provided below.
|Bagotville Barrage||Sluice window in three floodgates.||Sluice window on one floodgate is open 120mm.||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.|