Melbourne Water (VIC) has set up several pumps to remove pollution from Merri creek after runoff from recent Somerton firefighting efforts.
To minimise runoff, barriers were put in place but unfortunately some of the run off still entered the creek.
7km of the waterway have been contained and measured have been set up including extra pumps to to add local aeration in pools of water along the creek which can provide refuge for the wildlife.
Water testing has been undertaken and was initiated early so a full understanding of the impacts on the creek can be determined.
As a precaution Melbourne Water is advising people to avoid contact with the water in Merri Creek until further notice.
Melbourne Water are working closely with EPA and DHHS to ensure the best outcome possible.