Witnessing the king tide at Narooma: Gallery

LOCALS at Narooma have been out and about witnessing the latest king tide and participating in the Witness King Tides Project.

But compared to the spring tides of October 1 and an earlier storm surge in June of this year, this latest 2-metre king tides was reported as a “bit of a fizzer”, in Narooma at least.

Local tide watcher Greg Watts said it was more like a big high tide.

There was however some global warming activist, probably inspired by the project, going around the Wagonga Inlet foreshore putting stickers at the projected 2050 tide level.

And Greg snapped away featuring the stickers in his high tide photos that were being forwarded to the Green Cross organisation as part of the Witness King Tide Project.

The highest he has ever seen the tide at Narooma occurred in winter this year when a huge storm surge late at night on June 5 swamped Wagonga Inlet at Narooma.

“What an amazing night!” Greg reported at the time.

“The new sea wall at the Narooma Pool was overtopped.

Waves were breaking over Bluewater Drive at the southern end of the town wharf, Apex Park jetty was under, all the stormwater drains along Riverside Dr backed up (lucky we didn't get the 80mm of rain we had the day before!) and I reckon a lot of the boatsheds and Fisheries office will have water damage through the floors.

RMS bridge compound also had waves running through it.

Waves coming up to the bottom of the steps at Carters and Dalmeny beaches and hind-dunes at Kianga. Would have needed a boat to get out to the NPWS Shearwater mooring pontoon.”

Then on October 1 this year, Greg was also out and about recording very high spring tides that appeared larger than this latest king tide.

“Are the tides getting bigger?” Greg reported at the time.

“Seems that some of the sea walls and infrastructure are being further breached with every king tide.”

What is the Witness King Tides Project?

Earlier this year, the Green Cross organisation ran a pilot project across the Queensland coast and due to its success the organisation is now rolling Witness King Tides out nationally.

Green Cross needed coastal communities around Australia to take a photo or two as part of the Witness King Tides project.

Photos of Friday’s king tide will build a picture of the threat posed by sea level rise for our communities and help track the future impact of climate change.

Sea level rise will impact our coastal communities in the coming years and it is important that Australians are informed and engaged on this issue.

Witness King Tides is a fun community photography project that helps us visualise the potential future impacts of sea level rise and current risks today.

Having this visual collection of images could help us be better prepared for a future where sea levels are higher than they are today. If we can envisage future change, we can plan and prepare for it now.

So find out more and send your photos to: http://www.witnesskingtides.org/witness-king-tides.aspx

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