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Through the Australian Governments Reef Programme, Council inpartnership with Reef Catchments have installed three gross pollutant traps within the Cannonvale Botanic Gardens precinct.
The pollutant traps aim to reduce the gross pollutant load entering Pioneer Bay and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be involved in this great initiative which is helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef from pollution.
“The traps will stop rubbish and heavy metals contained in run off entering Pioneer Bay atCannonvale Beach, improving the water quality flowing into the Great Barrier Reef,” she said.
“This initiative builds on Council’s commitment to reducing nutrients and sediment entering themarine park and follows Council’s recently completed upgrade of the Cannonvale SewageTreatment Plant, which now meets the strictest environmental standards for outfall.
“Council has been working alongside Reef Catchments to install these three traps in theCannonvale Botanic Gardens over the last couple of weeks and is pleased they will reduce gross pollutants by 93%,” she said.
Reef Catchments has provided funding for the project through the Australian Government’s ReefProgramme, as well as on-ground support to facilitate the construction of the traps.
Mr Adam Folkers, Program Leader Land and Water at Reef Catchments, said the pollutant trapswere part of a wider program to improve water quality and reduce the region’s environmentalimpact on the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
“The installation of the traps in Cannonvale will significantly reduce the level of sediment andnutrients (by 40% and 30% respectively) entering Pioneer Bay as well as capturing the vastmajority of litter and other gross pollutants travelling within the three targeted waterways,” MrFolkers said.
“Reef Catchments is proud to work with the Whitsunday Regional Council on this initiative toimprove the condition of our region’s waterways.”
The gross pollutant traps are developed by Ecosol Waste Water Filtration Systems and aredesigned to reduce Gross Pollutants (up to 93%of materials sized >600um); Total SuspendedSolids, Phosphorus; Nitrogen and Heavy Metals entering the receiving environment.
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