A VALUED recreation spot was returned back to the community after a successful mission to return water back to an embattled lake.
The $2 million Bringing Water Back to Green Lake project saw a new clay layer constructed at the base of the lake to reduce water seepage issues. With the new clay layer now in place, the lake is slowly being filled over the next few months.
To create the new impervious clay layer at the base of Green Lake, topsoil was removed from the lake bed so that workers could access the sub-surface soils and compact them. The topsoil was then replaced back over the top of the new compacted layer.
The works means the community and visitors can once again enjoy the lake’s recreational benefits as an escape from the harsh summer heat.
Green Lake is connected to the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline system and has been eligible to receive water for recreation since 2008. However, this has not occurred as the rate of seepage made this an inefficient use of available water.
A return to providing water supply to Green Lake will not impact other users as the water is coming from an existing recreational water entitlement.
This was a community led initiative, delivered by Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water with support from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Buloke Shire on behalf of the Green Lake Committee of Management, and Barenji Gadjin Land Council.