The aims of this research partnership between Melbourne Water and RMIT University is to:
1. Undertake dedicated, timely and relevant research to identify and manage pollutants in waterways and bays, covering both urban and rural waterways in the Port Phillip and Westernport Bay area and prioritisation and design of interventions for the protection and improvement of waterway and bay ecosystems.
2. Develop formal strategies and activities to integrate findings from the research into Melbourne Water’s policy and practice.
3. Develop formal opportunities for staff development and two-way exchange between Melbourne Water staff and Partner Organisation researchers, through secondments, exchange programs and student research projects.
4. Work collaboratively with other research groups and institutions as appropriate.
Project timeline: 2018 - 2023
Find out more: New partnership to help prevent aquatic pollution
This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:
6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
6.b Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
14.1 By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
14.2 By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans