Funds to boost cave water levels

31 Aug, 2012 02:45 PM
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LAKE Cave will benefit from $150,000 in Lotterywest funding to support an innovative hydrology study.

The iconic geo-heritage site is the last cave in Margaret River that retains permanent water.

It has experienced declining water levels for a number of years and in 2010 the Lake Cave Hydrology Project was initiated under the management of the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association.

AMRTA attractions manager, Jayme Hatcher said the funding will allow them to immediately capture and store additional rainwater while ongoing research continues.

“A lack of rainfall in recent years has led to a faster than usual decline,” she said.

“Buying time enables us to better understand the changing climate, land use and the subsequent effects on the delicate cave systems in the Margaret River region.

“Protecting the natural environment and stygofauna (subterranean aquatic fauna) that live in the cave is a major priority for the AMRTA. Importantly, it also enables us to remain open as an iconic tourist attraction that future generations can enjoy.”

Minister for Agriculture, Terry Redman MLA presented the Lotterywest cheque last week.

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