Clybucca monitoring

The Water Research Laboratory has been commissioned by the NSW North Coast Local Lands Services for hydrological monitoring at Clybucca; where the 2,500 ha site has been effected by acid sulfate soils and is prone to generating low-oxygen blackwater. Monitoring at Clybucca is required to establish baseline pre-rehabilitation conditions, as well as measure changes to the site following on-ground rehabilitation works to guide adaptive management and to minimise impacts to private landowners.

The primary objectives of monitoring at Clybucca are to observe changes to the hydrology, water quality and ecology; to enable impacts (potential or actual) of rehabilitation works on the wider floodplain drainage to be assessed; and to provide ongoing data to inform adaptive management and optimise rehabilitation outcomes.

The Clybucca monitoring network has been collecting real-time data since November 2021 and includes:

  • Three telemetered water quality stations (measuring water level, pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen)
  • One telemetered water level and conductivity station
  • Four telemetered water level stations (three surface water and one groundwater)
  • One telemetered camera station
  • Two non-telemetered groundwater level stations

Monitoring station map


Monitoring station data

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DPI Recreational Fishing Trusts

This project was funded by the NSW Government under the Marine Estate Management Strategy, by NSW DPI Fisheries’ Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust’s “Flagship Habitat Action Grant Program”, and by North Coast Local Lands Services. The ten-year Marine Estate Management Strategy was developed by the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority to coordinate the management of the marine estate.

The “Flagship Habitat Action Grant Program” is financed from funds generated through collection of the recreational fishing licence fee in NSW and is managed by NSW DPI Fisheries on behalf of the Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust. North Coast Local Lands Services provide on-ground support for maintenance and upkeep of the monitoring network.

Please note that data presented on this page includes real-time measurements sent directly from field stations. Subsequently, this data has not been quality controlled and may contain errors. Please contact WRL directly should you have any queries regarding this data and the suitability of its use.

For further information, contact:
Toby Tucker | Senior Engineer |