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The prediction of a hot, dry summer has implications for the Anglesea River. The Anglesea River Working Group met recently to review the current situation findings. 

The new information is that the river estuary – which runs from the river mouth to the Coalmine Road bridge – has become more saline. A dry summer and the fact that Salt Creek and Marshy Creek flows have stopped  means salinity levels are likely to increase.

Angair plans to step up surveys of riverbank vegetation as the estuary becomes more saline.  In the past, surveys were intermittent but last year found that the Beaded Glasswort was present in Coogoorah Park and was establishing itself in the upper estuary.

Angair members will now analyse our records of vegetation changes over the past 20 years and plan regular three-monthly monitoring of riparian vegetation changes to contribute to future decision making.

For the latest Anglesea River Working Group update, click here.

Sally White