The Lake Ewlyamartup Story

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Five years ago Lake Ewlyamartup was a hyper-saline, yellow, smelly lake.


Before – January 2010


Today, the Lake has families water-skiing, kayaking and picnicking every weekend.

November 2014 - Families enjoying a day on the Lake

November 2014 – Families enjoying a day on the Lake


What changed?

Katanning Landcare, the Lake Ewlyamartup Working Group (LEWG), government and an enormous number of community volunteers have lived the Landcare ethos of local action for local priorities, turning around both the environment and community perceptions of this 100 ha Lake located 18km east of Katanning.

Over the past five years volunteers have planted more than 150,000 trees, erected 40km of fencing and removed 20,000m3 of nutrient rich black sludge. Through partnerships, a fertiliser run-off trial was established, a water monitoring program undertaken, school children engaged in a stormwater awareness program and a recreation area plan was developed.

Currently underway are an indigenous acknowledgement art project, installation of new picnic and boating facilities and the finalisation of construction-ready plans for a gated water over-flow channel to control water quality into the future.

Lake Ewlyamartup is home to 95 species of birds, including three priority species, and is important for late season habitat, when other local wetlands have dried up.

More than 25 organisations and funders have been involved in the restoration program to date.

Ella presented the inspiring Lake Ewly story at the WA Wetland Management Conference in 2014, as part of World Wetlands Day that year.

This year we will be doing a Kayak Tour of Lake Ewlyamartup to celebrate World Wetlands Day and our amazing lake.

If you would like to see Lake Ewlyamartup for yourself, come along to our Kayak Tour on Sunday 1st February 2015.

Click here for event details.

Author: Andrea Salmond

Andrea has been with Katanning Landcare since 2013 and is passionate about equipping people with the tools, skills and resources they need to make positive changes to our environment.

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6 Comments for : The Lake Ewlyamartup Story
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    It just goes to show what a group of community-minded people can achieve when they set their minds to it. Congratulations to every single person, group, and business who worked on this project for so long. The result is stunning!

    • Reply

      Thank you Arthur! I think it’s one of many iconic projects that this community has gotten behind. Look at the Leisure Centre, the Library, and coming up soon, Piesse Lake. 🙂

    • Beth Cummings
    • December 30, 2017

    In the 50’s our parents drove us from our farm nearby , to “cool off” in the lake. There was weed around our feet , which we didn’t like as kids but the water was cool on a hot day. We had a car tube to float around in & sand at the lake’s edge to make castles & dig holes. On our visits to the farm in subsequent years, mu husband & I sometimes call in to check it out & our recent visit was a wonderful surprise. Congratulations & thankyou to the organisations & funders who have made such a difference.
    Beth Cummings (nee Holding )

    • Reply

      How wonderful to hear those fond memories. We are really pleased you like the changes happening at the Lake and hope you’ll be back again! 🙂

    • Reply

      How wonderful to hear those fond memories. We are really pleased you like the changes happening at the Lake and hope you’ll be back again! 🙂

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