2014-15

Theme 1 : Models of ecological response

1.6 – Spatial prioritization of waterway management for biodiversity outcomes
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Description: this project will develop and implement spatial planning tools that will allow different planning options and their associated outcomes to be evaluated. These tools will inform prioritization of restoration works and protection and scales of investment for next water plan. Outcomes for Melbourne Water: tools to help decide where investment in stream protection will provide greatest benefit.
Contact: Chris Walsh
Timing: 4 years (this project is the continuation of projects 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 from 2013-14)

Theme 2 : Flow and water quality management

2.5 – Setting hydrologic objectives from site-scale to catchment-scale
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Description: this project aims to develop objectives for hydrology from the scale of individual sites (e.g. an allotment or a stormwater control measure) through to the whole-of-catchment scale. Outcomes for Melbourne Water: tools and frameworks to assist policy development and implementation around managing flow regimes in Melbourne’s waterways
Contact: Tim Fletcher
Timing: 3 years (this project is the continuation of projects 1.5, 2.1 and 3.1 from 2013-14)

Theme 3 : Catchment scale interventions

3.4 – Catchment-scale retrofit: experimental assessment of the ability of new multi-scale urban stormwater management approaches to protect the hydrology, water quality and ecology of receiving water ecosystems
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Description: this project tests the effectiveness of dispersed, catchment-scale stormwater retention, treatment and harvesting. It also seeks to understand the factors influencing the maintenance of dispersed stormwater control measures on both public and private land. Social and economic implications will be assessed through collaborations. Outcomes for Melbourne Water: determine the optimal scale and arrangement of stormwater treatment and retention systems to achieve stream protection.
Contact: Tim Fletcher & Chris Walsh
Timing: 3 years (this project is the continuation of projects 3.2 and 3.3 from 2013-14)

Theme 4 : Assessment of stream management activities

4.2 – Monitoring and evaluation program to accompany Yellingbo capital works project
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Description: this project is a targeted monitoring and evaluation program to accompany the proposed capital works project at Yellingbo aimed at naturalising water regimes within the Cockatoo Swamp, and thus arresting dieback and leading to improved condition of its swamp forests, which are critical habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater and lowland Leadbeater’s Possum. Outcomes for Melbourne Water: assessment of the efficacy of the works in naturalising water regimes within Cockatoo Swamp and any resulting changes in vegetation condition.
Contact: Joe Greet
Timing: 1 year (this project is continuing on from 2013-14)

4.4 – Quantifying the benefits of rural land interventions and the value of zero-order streams
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Description: this project will assess the performance of interventions undertaken within the Rural Land Program to protect rural waterways from pollution, erosion and degradation. This project will also examine the role that zero-order streams can play in providing ecosystem services such as filtration of runoff, retention of pollutants, denitrification and maintenance of biodiversity. Outcomes for Melbourne Water: a new modelling framework to compare and assess proposed rural land structural controls and management practices. Practical guidelines for managing drainage lines in rural and urban landscapes.
Contact: Tim Fletcher
Timing: 3 years (this project is the continuation of project 4.1 from 2013-14)

4.6 – Evaluating direct seeding as a cost-effective technique for riparian revegetation
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Description: if barriers to seedling establishment can be overcome, direct seeding has the potential to be more cost-effective and therefore, make it possible to achieve revegetation over larger areas than traditional revegetation approaches. A recently completed literature review identified two key areas for further on-ground assessment: the extent of site preparation required prior to sowing (particularly weed control) and effective methods for post-sowing weed control. Outcomes for Melbourne Water: development of waterway revegetation approaches that have the potential to be more cost-effective.
Contact: Fiona Ede
Timing: 4 years

Theme 5 : Community engagement

5.1 – Effectiveness of alternative community engagement strategies
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Description: This project will increase understanding on how Melbourne Water’s waterway management teams can best engage the community, including whether different approaches may be needed in different parts of our region. It will identify patterns of socio-institutional variability at practical scales and link these patterns through testing to establish a toolbox of effective engagement methods Outcomes for Melbourne Water: an engagement toolbox designed as an easy-to-access facility that Waterways officers can put to use when planning and implementing projects.
Contact: Peter Morrison
Timing: 4 years (this project is the continuation of 5.1 from 2013-14)
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