Hill River - Downstream of Coomallo Creek
Basin : Moore-Hill rivers
Catchment : Hill River
The condition of the Downstream of Coomallo Creek site (site code: HR50HILL1, site reference: 6170044), on the Hill River, was assessed between 27 and 28 October 2021. The site was previously assessed between 30 September and 1 October 2008 under site code: HR-03/site reference: 6171292.
River condition in 2021 was assessed as part of the Healthy Rivers Program (Healthy Rivers), using standard methods from the South West Index of River Condition (SWIRC). The SWIRC incorporates field and desktop data from the site and from the broader catchment. Field data collected included the following indicators, assessed over about a 100 m length of stream:
- Aquatic biota: fish and crayfish community information (abundance of native and exotic species across size classes, general reproductive and physical condition)
- Water quality: dissolved oxygen, temperature, specific conductivity, and pH (logged in-situ over 24 hours) as well as laboratory samples for colour, alkalinity, turbidity and nutrients
- Aquatic habitat: e.g. water depth, substrate type, presence of woody debris and detritus, type and cover of macrophytes and draping vegetation
- Physical form: channel morphology, bank slope and shape, bioconnectivity (barriers to migration of aquatic species), erosion and sedimentation
- Fringing zone: width and length of vegetation cover within the river corridor and lands immediately adjacent, structural intactness of riparian and streamside vegetation
- Hydrology: measures of flow (velocity) at representative locations (compared against data from stream gauging stations within the system)
- Local land use: descriptions of local land use types and activities (compared against land use mapping information for the catchment)
Search using the site code or site reference in the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Water Information Reporting (WIR) system to find data for this site and nearby sampling points (flow, surface water quality, groundwater monitoring, department’s meteorological data). See also the Bureau of Meteorology website for additional meteorological data for the area.
The site was assessed in October 2008 as part of a national assessment of river condition – view report here.
An online condition summary for this site is in preparation. Please contact the department’s River Science team for site information, and see below for links to information on some of the species found at the site, and some images taken during 2008 and 2021.
Fish and crayfish
Four fish and two crayfish species were found at this site in October 2021, and all recorded species were native with the exception of one exotic fish species.
The species expected to occur here (listed below) are based on species reported from the previous assessment in 2008, from other studies conducted elsewhere in the wider river catchment and our understanding of fish behaviour and movements within river systems. As differences in habitat within a reach naturally influence species distributions, and variability in methods between sampling programs can affect the species caught, this list is only indicative.
Note: collection of fauna from Western Australia’s inland aquatic ecosystems requires a license from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and also the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). All species collected must be reported to these agencies as part of license conditions.
Note: only fish and crayfish are targeted by sampling methods, however where other species were caught and/or observed they are included below.