Active projects

Theme 1 : Models of ecological response

1.6: Spatial prioritization of waterway management for biodiversity outcomes Download

Project Description (PDF)

Description: 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 is likely to provide greatest benefit.
Contact: Chris Walsh Expected completion: October 2018
Theme 2 : Flow and water quality management

2.5 – Setting hydrologic objectives from site-scale to catchment-scale

Project Description (PDF) | Research Note (Flooding) (PDF)

Description: this project will aim 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 Expected completion: October 2018

2.6 – Developing tree-based infiltration systems

Project Description (PDF)

Description: this project focuses on optimising tree-based stormwater control measures which have not been quantified, despite their substantial capacity for use throughout urban areas; as well as their ability to intercept significant quantities of both water and nutrient pollutants. Outcomes for Melbourne Water: a guidance document on how to design tree-based systems and development of a tree-based node for the MUSIC model which will allow users to model the performance of tree-based systems alongside other stormwater control measures.
Contact: Chris Szota Expected completion: October 2018
Theme 3 : Catchment scale interventions

3.2 – Catchment-scale retrofit: experimental assessment of multi-scale urban stormwater management

Project Description (PDF)

Description: this project will build on the Little Stringybark and Dobsons creeks studies by expanding to Jacksons Creek, testing 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. 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 Expected completion: October 2018
Theme 4 : Assessment of stream management activities

4.2 – Monitoring and evaluation program to accompany Yellingbo capital works project

Project Description (PDF) Project Update (May 2018)(PDF)

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 Expected completion: October 2018

4.4 – Prioritisation and effectiveness of rural land runoff control interventions

Project Description (PDF) Practice Note (Rural Swales) (PDF) Project Update (Beenak) (PDF)(March 2016) Community Note (Tarago) (PDF)

Description: This project will assess the performance of interventions undertaken within the Rural Land Program to protect rural waterways from pollution, erosion and degradation. It will also develop a pollutant source-tracking approach to identify and quantify pollutant sources and prioritise pollutant mitigation. Outcomes for Melbourne Water: a new modelling framework to compare and assess proposed rural land structural controls and management practices, and practical guidelines for managing drainage lines in rural and urban landscapes.
Contact: Tim Fletcher Expected completion: October 2018

4.6 – Evaluating direct seeding as a cost-effective technique for riparian revegetation

Project Description (PDF)

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 Expected completion: October 2018
Theme 5 : Community engagement

5.4 – Community participation in waterway protection and restoration

Project Summary (PDF)Sub-Project Descriptions5.4.1 (Catchment thinking) (PDF) 5.5.3 (Volunteers) (PDF)

Description: This project will deliver key social research projects to drive effective community engagement in waterway protection and restoration programs, including exploring the potential of creative practices for improving citizen understandings of the city as a catchment, community perceptions of ephemeral waterways in Melbourne’s north-west, improving community engagement through volunteer work on waterways, and measuring social benefits of river restoration and waterway improvement works.Outcomes for Melbourne Water: Increased understanding of effective approaches to improve community engagement and participation in waterway protection and restoration.
Contact: Stephanie Lavau Expected completion: October 2018