of Damage to Peat
of Floating Peat
of Cracked and Dried Out Swamp
dollar Water Treatment Plant
a result of the collapse, the water is draining out of the swamp
and the peat is drying out. Vegetation and animals are dying including
those that are endangered.
swamp area is fissured with cracks that are four or five metres
deep. The remnant peatland is still unstable and "continuing
sliding, slumping and erosion of the formerly stable peatland"
could be seen daily after the collapse (O'Loughlin 1998, p.1)
for the swamp to act as a water filter for the Wingecarribee Reservoir
has been destroyed. The large volume of peat that was washed into
the Reservoir impacted on water quality and necessitated the placement
of a barrier to prevent it moving towards the dam.
for Mineral Resources, Bob Martin, announced that the mining leases
would not be renewed. (News Release 19/8/98)
'Case Study: Wingecarribee Swamp', Water: Wet or Dry?: The Proceedings
of the Water and Wetlands Management Conference, November 1998,
Nature Conservation council of NSW, August 1999, pp.90-97.
M. O'Loughlin, Mass Movement in Wingecarribee Swamp on 8-9 August
1998: Likely Causes and Rehabilitation, 25 August 1998.