Active projects

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Theme A : Waterway health planning tools
Spatial prioritization of management action for biodiversity outcomes in streams and wetlands Project A1: Prioritization
This project will build on existing spatial planning tools to develop a Habitat Suitability Model (HSM) for wetlands. The HSM will be used to: identify where wetland taxa occur, assess the effects of impacts like climate change and develop actions to cost-effectively maximise biodiversity outcomes.
Project lead: Yung En Chee. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Testing critical assumptions of interventions and outcomes, and designing effective, efficient biodiversity monitoring to support strategy implementation Project A2: MERI
This project will focus on supporting the overarching Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Framework and Plan for the Healthy Waterways Strategy. To do this, it will help identify critical assumptions between key Melbourne Water interventions, their relationships with environmental conditions, and subsequently, on the status/condition of key values of interest.
Project lead: Yung En Chee. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Geomorphic change & disturbance thresholds for the protection or recovery of stream form in urban catchments Project A3: Channel Prediction
This project will develop physical form predictive tools to: inform land development policy and planning; support delivery of the objectives of the Healthy Watwerway Strategy and increase understanding of the Levels of Service that could be supported by streams draining urban catchments.
Project lead: Geoff Vietz. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Theme B : Waterway hydrology and geomorphology
Urban flow ecology: Investigating relationships between flow, channel form, vegetation and ecosystem function Project B1: Stream Flows
This research will investigate how key aspects of the urban flow regime influence channel form and ecosystem values and services; and in turn how catchment runoff can be best managed to protect and restore streams in the urban environment.
Project lead: Sam Imberger. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Major sources and fate of sediments in streams, wetlands, estuaries and bays to inform management opportunities. Project B2: Sediment Budget
This project builds on recent work on sediment budgets in urban headwater settings, refining the urban sediment budget and investigating observations of runoff and sediments in rural and peri-urban areas. In particular, the project will build on the development of the dSednet model of Westernport bay catchment.
Project lead: Geoff Veitz. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Optimizing constructed wetland design, management and performance prediction Project B3: Constructed Wetlands
This project aims to inform revisions to guidelines and practice for wetland planning, design and construction, modelling and maintenance, and to inform policy regarding investments in wetland constructions and renewals. This includes answering the question as to which stormwater control measures provide the greatest community benefit relative to cost.
Project lead: Chris Szota. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Understanding the interactions between groundwater, surface water and Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Project B4: Ground Water
This project will increase understanding of the interactions between groundwater, surface water and Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDEs). In particular, it will seek to quantify the age and transit time distribution of ground- and surface waters, identifying GDEs that could be at risk of contamination.
Project lead: Matt Burns. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Theme C : Urban stormwater and rural runoff management for waterway health
How can retention, use and treatment of urban stormwater protect or provide natural flow regimes for waterway health? Project C1: Urban Flows
This project aims to test the assumption that stream protection, and potentially restoration is possible through catchment-based stormwater control measures (SCMs). It will do this by asking if stormwater runoff from urban developments can be adequately retained, used and treated to protect or restore stream ecosystem structure and function.
Project lead: Chris Walsh. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Redesigning streetscapes to protect streams and grow the urban forest. Project C1.1: Street Trees
As a component of C1:Urban Flows, this sub-project aims to develop new streetscape designs and provide the guidance required for a radical shift away from conventionally built roads and associated drainage networks.
Project lead: Chris Szota. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Effectiveness of rural land interventions to improve stream flows and water quality Project C2: Rural Runoff
This project will continue previous work on mitigating the impacts of rural runoff on waterway, in particular identifying the source of pollutants and the effectiveness of runoff control measures. The overall objective of this proposal is to develop a framework for our Rural Land Management Program to prioritise locations for investment and identifying the most appropriate rural runoff treatment measures.
Project lead: Tim Fletcher. Expected date of completion: June 2020.
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Effective, efficient indicators for monitoring Water Sensitive Urban Design asset performance Project C3: SCM Monitoring
This project will identify cost effective indicators for WSUD performance monitoring, and incorporate them into a novel new “Expert System” for management of SCM assets. This system will identify (i) processes to involves stakeholders in the design process likely to ensure future maintenance, (ii) critical maintenance points and ‘trigger indicators’, (ii) required maintenance frequencies and the factors that can predict them, based on validated deterioration models.
Project lead: Frederic Cherqui. Expected date of completion: October 2020.
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Understanding the economics of urban water management for improved waterway health to inform effective investment frameworks and to drive regulatory or incentive changes Project C4: Economics
This project will place the actions and changes required for waterway protection and restoration into an institutional analysis of the water industry. The approach will permit a formal reconciliation of the beneficiaries and cost-bearers of public, private and toll goods provided by the water industry and common-pool resources, with the primary outcome being a strong case for industry-wide review of integrated water management governance.
Project lead: Chris Walsh. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Theme D : Riparian and wetland vegetation management
Understand the role of small headwater streams (‘zero order’ streams) in urbanizing catchments for supporting waterway health Project D1: Headwaters
Through a literature review and preliminary study of 10 representative streams located across the broad physiographic gradient of the Melbourne region; this project will deliver a new hydrologic foundation which will facilitate our understanding of the ecology and water quality benefits of headwater streams.
Project lead: Matt Burns. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Understanding and managing the impacts of deer on riparian vegetation Project D2: Deer
This project will quantify the threats posed by deer to waterway vegetation values, revegetation projects and water quality, and map waterways at ’high risk’ and inform management to reduce their impacts.
Project lead: Joe Greet. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Evaluating direct seeding as a cost-effective revegetation technique Project D3: Direct Seeding
This is a transition project, with the research phase concluding with the completion of data collection and synthesis of the data and knowledge acquired throughout the course of the project into tools and resources for use by Melbourne Water. The project will then become a Development Project (lead by Melbourne Water), that will look to embed direct seeding into MW business practice.
Project lead: Fiona Ede. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Yellingbo hydrology works MERI program Project D4: Yellingbo
This project aims to support a targeted monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement (MERI) program to accompany Melbourne Water hydrology works currently underway at the Cockatoo Swamp, Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. It will continue to implement a comprehensive hydrological and vegetation monitoring program, that will inform adaptive management of this ecologically significant site.
Project lead: Joe Greet. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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Theme E : Community participation in waterway management
The impacts of ‘next generation’ citizen science programs Project E1: Volunteers
This project will examine the adoption of ‘next generation’ digitally-mediated citizen science programs (such as the Frog Census app). In particular, it will consider the new forms of ‘community’ that might be supported by these technologies and the relationship with face-to-face and place-based volunteer experiences.
Project lead: Stephanie Lavau. Expected date of completion: October 2021.
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Long-term effectiveness of WSUD assets on private land Project E3: Private SCMs
This research project will explore the long-term effectiveness of WSUD assets on private land. Initially, it will systematically review relevant academic and grey literature; eventually identifying factors and challengers that impact the long-term effectiveness of WSUD assets on private land and consider approaches to co-management and governance.
Project lead: Stephanie Lavau. Expected date of completion: October 2019.
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