We have developed a broad range of tools to detect aquatic pollutants and locate their source, including through subterranean stormwater drains. We have also developed a tool kit of biomarkers in a broad range of aquatic species. These biomarkers are an early warning system to detect environmental stressors before there may be more widespread effects to the ecosystems.
We continue to develop and evaluate new biomarkers and evaluate new aquatic test species.
There are many challenges to get more value out of environmental monitoring. Instead of just reporting whether an aquatic ecosystem or waterbody is in good or bad condition, we are able to identify whether this ecosystem is stressed, what is causing this stress and then develop a program to locate the source of this pollutant.
We also have a proven track record in then working with government agencies to improve policy. In recent years, our research has contributed to improvements in the EPA State Environment Protection Policy, the Yarra River Action Plan, the Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan and the Victorian Water Sensitive Urban Design guidelines.
Contact AQUEST@rmit.edu.au for further information.