LAKE Conjola entrance was opened to the sea Wednesday night.
Shoalhaven City Council
opened the lake after the region received more than 75mm of rain across the weekend, bringing the Lake’s water level close to the required trigger level of 1m.
With the Lake water level at 0.96m AHD, only four centimetres below the trigger level, and rainfall predicted for the area late Wednesday night, the decision was made to open the entrance intervention late yesterday.
After engaging with key stakeholders, including local residents onsite Tuesday morning, council maintained the start and end points of the mid-spit opening however modified the original dog leg channel with a curving channel.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said she was pleased to see council staff working with the local community and state government agencies to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome.
“With further rain expected over the next few days the Lake is already flowing freely to the ocean across a 25 metre opening.
Council staff will continue to monitor the entrance and its behaviour over the coming weeks.
Following a four week observation period Council will co-ordinate a debrief meeting with all stakeholders to analyse the effects of the opening.