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Floating reed beds

A floating reed bed

Floating reed beds are rafts of vegetation used in lakes to treat water quality issues. The City currently has a trial of floating reed beds in place at Lake Lomandra which has showed some positive results in water quality. The benefits of floating reed beds include treating stormwater runoff. They are also versatile, cost-effective and provide habitat for wildlife.

Robina Lakes and Lake Hugh Muntz were chosen for a trial of floating reed beds due to:

  • their high nutrient level
  • a range of water quality issues
  • a history of algal blooms
  • concerned residents
  • the low flow and turnover of lake water
  • the large number of stormwater inflows.

Robina Lakes

The City has constructed and installed floating reed beds opposite Gabriels Court (A), opposite Iris Place (B) and opposite Mosman Road (C).

Floating reed bed locations A and B

Floating reed bed locations A and B at Robina Lakes

Floating reed bed location C

Floating reed bed location C at Robina Lakes

Lake Hugh Muntz

The City has constructed and installed floating reed beds adjacent to Haslewood Court and the park (1), opposite Morialta Park off Wild Duck Drive (2), and opposite Otaway Park on Halborne Drive (3).

Lake Hugh Muntz Floating Reed Bed

Floating reed bed location 1 at Lake Hugh Muntz

Lake Hugh Muntz Floating Reed Bed

Floating reed bed location 2 at Lake Hugh Muntz

Lake Hugh Muntz Floating Reed Bed

Floating reed bed location 3 at Lake Hugh Muntz

It should be noted that these floating reed beds are a trial only and just one part of the solution to improving water quality.

View the Lake Hugh Muntz YouTube video.

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