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PostSubject: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:37 am

When we were out the other day we stopped at Wappa Dam and Falls for a quick look after the torrential rain on the Sunshine Coast. For those that don't know, the dam is a small one on the South Maroochy River just inland of Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. I haven't been there for years and hadn't seen it full. The noise of the rushing water was unbelievable but the photos don't do justice to the amount of water rushing over there.

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Below the wall


The mist from the water through the trees


Part of Wappa Falls further downstream. This is a popular swimming area but not at the moment! The water was roaring through there
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:45 am

Great photos Gail , love all the rocks, after looking at 4 & 5 I can imagine the sounds gasp I love you I love you
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:40 pm

This is only a little dam, I couldn't imagine a the noise in bigger dam
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:31 pm

Isn't it wonderful to see a dam overflowing now days. Great photos, Gail. It must have been really nice to wander around there with all that water around.

The dam reminds me of Mundaring Weir, except they have put some extra barrier between the top of the weir and the walkway so it holds more water....not that it has overflowed for some years now...Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:53 pm

This is the 2nd time in a couple of years that I know of that it has overflown but it is in a high rainfall area not far from the coast.
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:16 pm

Where does the overflow go ??
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:26 pm

Straight out to the ocean.
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:30 pm

gasp gasp gasp gasp what a waste
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:23 pm

What a sight Gail great pics..thumb2 Thanks for sharing..

Thats a drop in one ocean to what went into the ocean when the Burdigan dam overflowed months back..
It has a capacity four times that of Sydney Harbour and overflowed for weeks

That is even more sheer waste.. Its all wrong ..
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:35 am

Impressive photos Gail.
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:34 am

Thanks all.

Actually, water going out to the ocean like that isn't a waste. There is more to it but to put it simply, that is what many fish and other marine life rely on for breeding... no fresh... no marine life... work it out Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:49 am

Fuzzy brain today Gail.. Question I do understand what you are saying..
All the same too much waste ..
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:32 am

Many marine animals only breed in estuaries and need that fresh water run-off so no breeding means no fish, no dugong, no corals... eventually no marine life at all. No marine life will eventually mean no life at all... that is the extreme but that rush of water also flushes out the rivers of silt, lowers salinity and more. There is a lot involved in it and it goes a lot deeper than that so if you want to know more just do some research.
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:39 am

Makes sense Gail scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:24 pm

Gail wrote:
Thanks all.

Actually, water going out to the ocean like that isn't a waste. There is more to it but to put it simply, that is what many fish and other marine life rely on for breeding... no fresh... no marine life... work it out Sad

I think the fish should share with us Victorians, Gail, because no water means that people die of thirst. It's time they thought seriously about pumping some of that wasted water down to NSW and Vic.. And while you'd like your rivers flushed out, we'd just like some water in ours. Don't know what becomes of the fish, tortoises and platypus when they dry up.
Wonderful photo's though, awe inspiring.
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:30 am

If we all destroyed our rivers like the Murray, we'd all be thirsty. It was only a couple of years ago this one was nearly empty.
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:20 am

I assume your river was nearly empty for the same reason ours are, i.e. no rain? Surely only people with plenty of water could say it's best to let it pour into the ocean? I'm afraid I'd vote for helping my fellow man ahead of letting the fish have every drop of what has become a very precious commodity.
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:47 pm

I have to agree with you Betty, there is sheer waste of water in Nth Qld especially in and around the Burdekin Dam area South West of Townsville millions of wasted litres pouring into the ocean in late January and early February, no fish needs that much, it is the largest dam in the state, with a capacity four times that of Sydney Harbour holds 1,860,000 ML with a max depth of 40 mts, the surface area is 220 kmĀ²..

Earlier this year my Brother who lives in Townsville told me that just on 3mts of water was pouring over the spillway for many days, makes one wonder just how much water these fish need, where even here in and around Brisbane we have been in drought since we moved down here from Townsville in 99, it has only been in the past 18 months that we have been getting any decent rain, mind you we are still on restrictions here only being permitted to use up to 200 lts per person per day, though its a lot better than the 140 lts per day we had been on for so many years, certainly not much there for watering plants in the garden..

I cant see why the water cannot be piped down to drought thirsty towns on the land beside the railway line already owned by the Government the same as it is piped down from the Paluma Dam to the towns north of Townsville where we lived, it would not take much of a brain to lay pipes or would it, either that or the powers that be do not have enough brains to work it out..
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:29 pm

Mary-Anne, if they haven't piped it down to Brisbane, they certainly will never pipe it to other States. I am amazed that you should be on restrictions when that amount of water is wasted. gasp
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:40 pm

We have been on restrictions for many years Betty because the former Premier probably spent our Rates money on building stupid pedestrian bridges across the river here, football stadiums and lining their pockets instead of spending it on fixing up our water problems, oh the best was Suncorp Stadium to replace the wrongly laid tuft of only a few weeks old cost $1,000,000 I could think of better things to do with it than that, lay pipes down to the SE corner ..

And now the price of water has tripled in the last three years and even when we are permitted to use a hose to water the garden we will not be able to afford it.. whistle
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:24 pm

That sounds right. And why weren't more dams built down here?
The price of our water will skyrocket too, to pay for this pipeline. Oh well, at least it stops all the waste through soakage and evaporation that there was with channels and dams.

Must away, Mary-Anne, I need to talk to my vet.
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:28 pm

i totally don't understand this concept that water is a rare commodity. australia is SURROUNDED by water...and what, 90% of the population lives near the coast?
if you're going to pay for the water to be pumped over the miles (this requires infrastructure and pumping stations which use a lot of energy)...why not just desalinate?
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water prices have tripled.
there's the answer, i'm sure.

those were great pictures, gail.
nice to see nature in all its glory.
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:28 pm

Tessa, they are going to desalinate down here. Don't know whether it's a goer yet or what stage they are up to. We probably won't see a drop of that though, not north of the Divide.
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PostSubject: Re: Wappa Dam, Yandina, Qld   Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:32 am

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if you're going to pay for the water to be pumped over the miles (this requires infrastructure and pumping stations which use a lot of energy)...why not just desalinate?
oh yeah.
water prices have tripled.
there's the answer, i'm sure.

And where do you think 25% of Brisbane's water is coming from Tessa.
From a new pipeline NO, from a new Dam NO, from the desalination plant down on the Gold Coast at a cost of $1.18b which they want to triple.

It does not matter which way it goes its still going to cost big bucks..

And reguardless I still think it is sheer waste for the fishes to have all that water..
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