Aquatic receiving waters are severely impacted on by the changes to both hydrology and water quality which result from urban stormwater runoff. The projects within the Ecosystem Protection theme aim to assess these impacts as well as to develop and test new approaches to urban stormwater and water management which can mitigate the degrading influences on ecosystems. The projects include investigations of stormwater quality (both chemical and biological), as well as assessment and modelling of water sensitive urban design technologies and strategies on stream hydrology and ecology.
The projects in this theme are intimately linked with the research being undertaken under the Cities as Water Supply Catchments Program, in particular the work of Project 3 (Green Cities & Micro-Climate) and Project 4 (Stream Ecology).
For details of the research conducted in this area, see the links below:
- The Little Stringybark Creek Project
- The Impacts of Urbanisation on Catchment Hydrology and Opportunities for Stream Health Restoration through Focussed Catchment Retrofit (PhD – Matthew Burns)
- Integration of Stormwater Harvesting and Baseflow Restoration Measures to Restore Catchment Hydrology (PhD – Perrine Hamel)
- Assessing the Influence of Local and Reach Scale Factors on Macroinvertebrate Communities in Streams Affected by Catchment Urbanisation (PhD – Julia White)
- Population Dynamics of a Riverine Shrimp: Paratya australiensis (Kemp, 1917) in an Urban Landscape (PhD – Tony Lovell)
- Sinks and Sources of Faecal Micro-Organisms in the Yarra River Estuary
- Nutrient Behaviour in Dry and Wet Weather of Stormwater Drainage (Masters – David Choy)
- Effective Monitoring and Assessment of Contaminants Impacting the Mid to Lower Yarra Catchments: A Temporal Scale Assessment
- Modelling Microorganisms in Urban Stormwater (PhD – Dr David McCarthy)
- Characterising Urban Pollutant Loads (PhD – Dr Matt Francey)
For a full list of publications relating to this Program, see the Publications section of the website.