Touch of America in East O'Malley

On Friday 13 September Waterwatch and the US Embassy teamed up to help fix up the East O’Malley Wetlands.

The East O’Malley wetland is a man made pond built in 2005. Its prime aim is to retain and improve stormwater before it’s slowly released into Yarralumla Creek. Like most wetlands, it also provides habitat for wildlife and is an amenity for the O’Malley community.

On a recent excursion to the wetlands, Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch Facilitator, Woo O’Reilly identified higher than average turbidity levels and noted issues with run-off and erosion control at the site

“Waterwatch saw a way to stabilise an eroded hillside that sits above the wetland by planting over 200 native grasses donated by Greening Australia,” Ms O’Reilly said.

As part of their Canberra Greening Initiative, the US Embassy has an active commitment to reduce their waste output and improve the health of their surrounding environment.

In March, employees of the US Embassy, including former Ambassador Mr Jeffrey Bleich and Mrs Bleich worked with Waterwatch and members of the local wetland care group to remove four trailer loads of woody weeds from the North Watson wetlands.

“Knowing the Embassy were keen another project, East O’Malley seemed like a good choice,” Ms O’Reilly said.

“In addition to the US Embassy, the Isaacs Ridge/Mugga Mugga Parkcare Group, the Molonglo Catchment Group and ACT Parkcare also helped out with the project.

“Being Friday the 13th I was just a little bit worried that something might go wrong but the planting went brilliantly just in time for a record soaking over the weekend,” Ms O’Reilly said.

 Upper_Murrumbidgee_Waterwatch_Facilitator,_Ms_Woo_OReilly     Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch Facilitator, Woo O’Reilly at the the East O’Malley Wetlands