THE Environment Protection Authority is investigating water in the Korumburra Botanic Park after a resident reported seeing a “black-like sludge” in Coalition Creek.
Environment Protection Authority (EPA) officers visited the park over two days observing and taking samples of the water.
At around 4.45pm on Tuesday, May 16, a Korumburra resident finished her walk in the gardens with her dog and went to her usual creek spot so her dog could have a drink of the water.
“I thought the water looked really weird, normally in a fresh water creek like that it’s normal brackish, clear water,” she said.
“Normally I walk around the whole loop and there’s a rock waterfall and that’s where the dog jumps in and has a splash and drink after a good walk.”
She said her dog would usually get in the water, have a play and always “gulps down the water”.
“It can be freezing, with ice on top and she’d be in there.
“We got to the end of the walk and she wouldn’t drink or anything and normally she’d be pretty hot by then and swim.”
The resident said her dog wouldn’t even put a paw in the water and just stood there starting at her.
“I noticed all this black-ish stuff was sitting on top of the rocks, and if you can imagine about four or five inches of black build-up around the rocks on the waterline, sitting on top of the water and below.”
She’s not sure what it was and wasn’t keen to put her hand in to find out.
“You would consider it looked like an oil spill, but I was sure it wasn’t oil because there were none of those rainbow lines.”
EPA officers went to the Korumburra Botanic Park on May 17 and May 18 after receiving a report of a “dark grey discharge affecting the water at the Botanical Gardens in Korumburra”.
“EPA officers took samples of the water which have been sent off for analysis, results are expected back within the next week,” EPA Victoria’s senior media advisor Rosanna Bonaccurso said on Friday, May 26.
“The results will help to identify the type and source of the discharge, which has since stopped.
“EPA’s investigation is ongoing and will consider any action in line with its Compliance and Enforcement Policy.”
EPA investigates Korumburra creek