Melbourne Water is working on the recovery of Stony Creek following the West Footscray fire on 30 August 2018.
As custodians of Melbourne’s waterways, we understand the value of Stony Creek to the community, and will work with local residents and other stakeholders on its long-term recovery.
We are collaborating with Maribyrnong City Council, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies to recover the creek as safely, effectively and efficiently as possible. Our priority is protecting the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment.
Some of the work for the recovery includes:
- Scraping and pressure washing banks and rocks to remove contaminated material
- Removing affected vegetation along the banks
- Placing barriers in the creek to collect and remove contaminants
- Removing contaminated sediment from the creek bed
- Replanting vegetation.
To date, we have removed more than 70 million litres of water and 170 cubic metres of contaminated sediment from the creek.
While monitoring within the creek has shown improvement in some levels, the EPA is continuing to advise the community to avoid all contact with water, keep pets away from the creek and not to consume fish from the area until such time as consistently safe levels are reached. You can visit the EPA website for more information on the remediation work.