Rushy Creek - McDonald Road

Basin : Blackwood River

Catchment : Lower Blackwood River

The condition of the Rushy Creek - McDonald Road site (site code: RRAP9), in the upper catchment of  Rushy Creek, was assessed between 10 and 11 October 2012, over a 100-m length of stream. At this time no previous assessments of river ecology had been reported.

The assessment was conducted using standard methods from the South West Index of River Condition. Measures chosen for this assessment included fish and crayfish, macroinvertebrates, aquatic habitat, water quality (dissolved oxygen and temperature logged over 24h, and electrical conductivity, pH, colour, alkalinity, turbidity and nutrients), fringing vegetation, channel morphology, erosion, connectivity, local land use and flow.

Condition summary

The site was assessed as part of  an assessment of river condition in the lower catchment of the Blackwood River – view report here.

A snapshot of the condition of Rushy Creek can be found here.

Fish and crayfish

Three fish and three crayfish species were found at this site in October 2012, including one exotic crayfish.

A list of species is provided at the bottom of the page, click on the images to learn more about each species.

Note: only fish and crayfish are targeted by sampling methods, however where other species were caught and/or observed they are included below.

Species found in subcatchment

This includes all species found within the subcatchment of the assessment site, from this and previous studies in the area. The photos are linked to more information about each species, including maps of where they are expected across the south-west.

Other aquatic fauna

A few tadpoles were found at this site.