People wanting to swim at Edith Falls plunge pool are set for a minimum three-week wait.
Ten spotlight surveys are needed to monitor for potential crocodiles which need to be completed before the plunge pool is deemed safe, according to NP Parks and Wildlife.
Starting in the next couple of days, the surveys are expected to take a couple of weeks.
And the plunge pool croc trap, usually placed 100 metres downstream, is yet to be established.
“We’ll be safely commencing the surveys when the river gauge gets to around point four,” acting district manager for Savannah Golf Parks Peter Ross said.
“It’s critical to look after the traps if the water is too high and we can’t afford to lose our equipment,” he said.
Mr Ross said although it hasn’t rained in quite some time, it is still considered the wet season.
“If we get further rainfall you can lose (crocodile) traps.
“We’re not expecting more rain, but you can’t be sure,” Mr Ross said.
NT Parks and Wildlife rangers are also waiting for the water clarity to improve and the sediments making the water murky to drop down, Mr Ross said.
Currently, the one crocodile trap located about 10 kilometres downstream from the plunge pool, which is checked twice per week, has not trapped a crocodile.
Mr Ross said that NT Parks and Wildlife rangers “have a lot going on right now”.
“We’re opening walking tracks and implementing fire programs.”
A crocodile barrier is also in the works at the plunge pool and is expected to be completed in May.
The barrier will be placed under the footbridge, extending onto the bank and will reduce the risk of crocodiles moving into the open river.
The upper pool at Edith Falls is open for swimming. .
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