Progress towards zero impact from urban development
Fine sediments mobilised by the channelisation of rivers have been identified as a significant threat to environmental values in Western Port, particularly important seagrass habitats (Melbourne Water, 2018). The largest sediment sources are thought to be from the stream bank and gully erosion. Recent evidence suggests that changes in agricultural practices and urban development are also impacting catchment sources. Associated with sediments are pollutants which can have significant ecological impacts on the flora and fauna of the waterways and bays.
This case study project aims to:
The project is a collaboration with Melbourne Waterway Research-Practice Partnership (MWRPP) Project B2.
Sampling of sediments within the local creek and wetlands in an urbanising estate in Officer has begun. Monitoring of pollutants within this estate will continue to occur quarterly until 2022 as well as additional monitoring of two urbanising estates in the area
RMIT A3P: Claudette Kellar, Kathryn Hassell, Vin Pettigrove, Dan MacMahon, James Oliver, Michael Clark, Monica Tewman.
UoM MWRPP: Kathy Russell, Geoff Vietz, Peter Poelsma, Matt Burns, Tim Fletcher, Rob James, Darren Bos.
MW: Trish Grant, Alison Rickard, Penny Rogers, Leigh Smith, Marion Urrutiaguer, Rowan Hore, Michael Godfrey, Birgit Jordan, Rhys Coleman, Slobodanka Stojkovic.
Expected Completion 2023
Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.