Estuary management program grants 2011-12

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Ballina Shire CouncilWater Quality in North Creek - what (or who) is affecting our oyster industry?
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This project utilises a partnership approach to investigate long standing water quality issues impacting on primary industry and ecosystem health. It aims to identify the particular land use issues contributing to compromised water quality in the catchment, using oyster deaths as the 'canary in the goldmine'. The use of the EcoHealth water quality monitoring program, supplemented by event based elemental and faecal coliform sampling and regular testing of oysters in a parallel timeframe, will build on previous work in the catchment to provide a scientific picture of the issues and contributing factors. It also continues the development of the successful EcoHealth WQ monitoring program (which incorporates the NSW MER Indicators) in North Coast estuaries. Findings will be applicable to the wider Richmond River estuary.
$34,500
Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Estuary Monitoring program Show project summary
Bega Valley Shire is currently implementing 'Year 1' of its Estuary Health Monitoring Program. The current program includes measurement of a number of physical and biological parameters using protocols consistent with OEH's Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting (MER) program to address data gaps and assist council to develop an environmental profile for several of its coastal lakes.The proposed program (or Year 2) would build on the knowledge gained from the Year 1 and extend the monitoring program to a further 4 of the Shires most important estuaries. As with Year 1, the Year 2 monitoring would be based on OEH’s MER Program and be undertaken in consultation with OEH
$35,000
Pambula Lake Estuary Management Study and Plan Show project summary
Council is currently undertaking the Pambula Lake Processes Study, which is expected to be completed in May 2011. The development of a management study and plan, will see the completion of the estuary management planning process for the Pambula Lake Estuary.
$45,000
Bellingen Shire CouncilBellinger & Kalang Rivers Estuary Action Plan - Stage 2 Show project summary
This project will deliver an Estuary Action Plan incorporating property scale rehabilitation plans on an estuary wide scale. It will build on management objectives outlined in the existing Estuary Management Plan (EMP) to develop estuary wide priorities to address river health issues, control bank erosion and raise community awareness of estuarine processes and its sensitivities, with a key focus on supplementing the current EMP to incorporate the impacts of climate change. The planning process will engage and empower landholders to take action through establishing a set of priorities for protecting and enhancing their riparian frontage. Additionally the plan will allow Council to prioritise future management interventions and serve as a platform to obtain additional funding for restoration works.
$31,630
City of Canada Bay Council

Estuary Foreshore Management Study Show project summary

The City of Canada Bay Council proposes this foreshore study with the aim of providing a robust management and planning framework for its estuary foreshore including:
  • Management of foreshore and infrastructure
  • Clarification of foreshore management responsibility
  • Review of land zonings and tenure
  • Appropriate uses for foreshore lands
  • Protection of natural and cultural values
  • Usage of foreshore facilities
  • Protection of estuarine wetlands from development impacts, stormwater pollutants, weed infestation, changes to hydrology and filling, by using appropriate strategic planning and development assessment tools
  • Planning controls or works to minimise the risks associated with climate change and sea level rise on related infrastructure.

     $100,000

    Clarence Valley CouncilClarence Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (“Ecohealth”) Show project summary
    The development of a standardised means of collecting, analysing and presenting riverine, coastal and estuarine assessments of ecological condition has been identified as a key need for Coastal Catchment Management Authorities and Local Councils who are required to monitor natural resource condition and water quality in these systems. Using the framework of the South East Queensland Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP) and protocols developed by the NSW MER Estuaries team, this monitoring program will provide consistency in monitoring and reporting, and establish the partnerships required for local and regional dissemination of outcomes. This monitoring program will provide a means of benchmarking the health of the estuary against historic data and will provide a vital mechanism to educate the community about estuary health and the issues influencing it. The Project will also provide a means of refining and updating the remedial actions and direction of the established EMPs for the estuary and contribute to SOE reporting.
    $95,000
    Coffs Harbour City CouncilCoffs Creek Estuary Management Plan Show project summary
    The project will be managed by the Coffs Harbour Coast and Estuary Management Advisory Committee and will develop a plan of management for the Coffs Creek Estuary in accordance with the Estuary Management Manual. The project will include the assembly of existing data on the creek, the development of an Estuary Processes Study, Estuary Management Study and Estuary Management Plan, of which prioritised strategies can then begin to be implemented.
    $50,000
    Coffs Creek Infilling and Hydraulic Capacity Show project summary
    The nature of the Coffs Creek catchment means that Coffs Creek is subject to heavy sediment loads. This ongoing sedimentation is encroaching on stormwater infrastructure and exacerbating flooding and estuarine issues. This project will be in the form of a technical study which will investigate the sources and settlement points of sediment throughout Coffs Creek (including modelling, undertaking creek depth cross-sections, sediment sampling, aerial photograph analysis, and modelling the hydraulic and flushing capacity of the estuary). This technical study will coincide with the Coffs Creek Estuary Management Plan and Stormwater Management Plan (Review) and will assist in management options for the estuary.
    $30,000
    Pipe Clay Lake: Stormwater Community Education Program Show project summary
    This project is designed to improve the water quality of stormwater and catchment inputs to improve estuary health and to reduce the percentage of time that harvesting of wild resources is not safe (e.g. reduction in pathogen inputs to the system as determined by bacteriological indicators). This will include, gutter stencilling, signage, bins and bags for dog owners, information packs for existing and new residents and articles in the community newsletter. There is high potential for this to improve stormwater quality (in terms of nutrients, sediments and other pollutants as well as bacteriological indicators) as a number of interested community representatives from Corindi Beach were not aware that stormwater was not treated and that town stormwater ultimately flowed to the estuary.
    $10,500
    Eurobodalla Shire CouncilEEC Conservation works across Eurobodalla Estuaries Stage 3 Show project summary
    This project will control threats in the five major estuaries of the Eurobodalla Shire (Clyde, Tomaga, Moruya, Tuross/Coila and Wagonga estuaries) to protect and enhance the condition of key estuarine Endangered Ecological Communities (Coastal Saltmarsh, Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest and Bega Candello Dry Grass Forest) in high priority locations. The project will implement key environmental actions identified within the Estuary Management Plans for these areas. The project will also involve undertaking on-ground works and implementing localised community education programs at each target site to improve the condition of these habitats and increase the communities’ awareness and participation in environmental protection works. On-ground works will include weed control, controlling access to public areas and revegetation with planting at priority sites by recreational fishing clubs and school groups.
    $50,000
    Gosford City CouncilPearl Beach Lagoon Rehabilitation Management Plan Show project summary
    Pearl Beach Wetland is a natural wetland area consisting of a coastal lagoon surrounded by a valuable endangered community of Swamp Mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta) and Broad-leaved Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) trees. This wetland is in a degraded condition and its preservation is of concern to Council and the residents of Pearl Beach. The project will enable the development of a comprehensive management plan to assess the health of Pearl Beach Lagoon, engage the local community in contributing to the management process and identify management options based upon sound scientific research.
    $30,000
    Great Lakes CouncilEcological Health Assessment Karuah River Estuary Stage 1 developing Karuah River Catchment Plan Show project summary
    This project will involve the preparation of an estuary health assessment of the Karuah Estuary including the Branch river tributary between the townships of Booral and Karuah. The objective of the assessment is to provide baseline information that will allow for well informed decisions for the next stage of this project which will involve the development of a catchment plan for the Karuah River. This catchment has traditional dairy, grazing and poultry production but also increasing coal extraction and coal seam gas development. The estuary is an important oyster farming area and has suffered periodic water quality concerns. The project helps implement an action in the Port Stephens Myall Lakes Estuary Management Plan.
    $75,000
    Kore Kore Creek Wetland and Riparian Restoration - Stage 1 Show project summary
    The project seeks to enhance the function and integrity of 2.7km of the riparian zone and estuarine wetlands of the tidal parts of Kore Kore Creek, south from Kore Kore Creek Road, Tea Gardens through the following actions:
    • Erection of 2.3km of permanent stock exclusion fence along currently unfenced sections of the tidal portion of Kore Kore Creek on Durness (Lot 1 DP1132843)
    • Revegetation of 3.3-hectares using native, local tree and shrub species of currently cleared riparian zone habitat in the tidal portion of Kore Kore Creek on Durness (Lot 1 DP1132843)
    • Primary control/ treatment of priority environmental, noxious and nationally significant weeds in the riparian zone of tidal Kore Kore Creek (35-hectares) targeting, but not limited to, Bridal Creeper, Lantana, Bitou Bush, Pinus wildlings, Asparagus Fern and Blackberry across 2.7 kilometres of the tidal section of Kore Kore Creek.
    $22,735
    Review of the Wallis Lake Estuary & Catchment Management Plan: addressing Climate Change Impacts Show project summary
    This project will update the Wallis Lake Catchment Management Plan and the Wallis Lake Estuary Management Plan in accordance with the Estuary Management Manual. It will incorporate climate change impacts and sea level rise predictions and involve collecting field data and utilising the eShorance tool to determine the impacts of sea level rise on the foreshore of Wallis Lake. This information will be used to undertake a desktop analysis on the impact of climate change on valuable ecological communities such as saltmarsh and mangrove communities.
    $60,000
    Wallis Lake Estuarine Islands Weed Management - Stage 1 Show project summary
    This project will protect and enhance wetlands of National Importance within the Wallis Lake estuary through the reduction of invasive species, which have been recognised as a threatening process. Due to the remote nature of the site and the complexity of the issue, the project will be broken into a multi staged approach. This project will implement Stage 1, focusing on Mathers and Cockatoo Islands within Wallis Lake. These islands have been identified as a priority in the Wallis Lake Crown Estuarine Islands - Weed Management Strategy 2010. Both of these islands have a high resilience to invasive species and have been deemed to have the highest chance of native regeneration. Works will involve the use of contractors, targeting specific weed species at different times of the year to ensure maximum weed treatment is achieved.
    $15,000

    Water quality & habitat improvement addressing riverbank erosion & enhancing riparian vegetation Show project summary

    The Wallamba River is in the Wallis Lake Catchment near Forster/Tuncurry within the Great Lakes Local Government Area. It is exposed to severe bank erosion due to past vegetation clearance, ongoing cattle grazing and wash from boats. Sedimentation downstream is impacting on the ecosystem health of Wallis Lake. Sedimentation directly affects oyster leases and turbidity reduces the depth at which seagrass will grow to, thus reducing fish habitat. This project will address the water quality decline associated with bank erosion and disturbance of the riparian zone through the installation of temporarrock fillets/revetment to allow the establishment of mangroves to protect the toe of the riverbank from wash. In addition stock exclusion fencing and revegetation of the crown foreshore reserve will restore 12.7 hectares of estuarine riparian and wetland vegetation, thus improving significant aquatic and terrestrial habitat and providing bank stabilisation.

     

     $100,000

    Hawkesbury City CouncilHawkesbury River Environmental Estuary Management Study and Management Plan
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    Undertake Estuary Management Study to determine future management planning requirements and corrective work actions that will ensure the quality of the Hawkesbury River to provide a viable ecosystem capable of supporting recreational and commercial activity.
    $125,000
    Hornsby Shire CouncilImpacts of climate change on estuarine wetland & migratory waterbirds in lower Hawkesbury estuary Show project summary
    This project will undertake a risk assessment, through survey mapping and modelling to determine where important migratory and estuarine waterbird populations may be lost or re-established as a result of climate change. Impacts considered include sea level rise scenarios, altered inundation regimes and altered hydrodynamic flows. This project builds on work conducted during the 2009-2010 financial year and will:
    • Increase the baseline data on estuarine waterbird species distribution and abundance
    • Improve protocols for monitoring estuarine waterbirds as indicators of climate change
    • Examine climate change impacts on estuarine waterbird habitats using GIS, LIDAR and Digital Elevation Models (DEM)
    • Further develop adaptive actions for incorporation into the Lower Hawkesbury Estuary Management Plan

    The project will fulfil data gaps identified to enable estuarine Councils to manage wetland and migratory bird habitat within the Lower Hawkesbury estuary into the future. This will ensure that sites with current and potential value are protected by relevant planning instruments and/or capital works programs.

    $20,000
    Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management AuthorityHunter River (Ash Island) Bank Stabilisation Project - Riverside Park Show project summary
    This project seeks to stabilise the eroding river bank at Riverside Park at Kooragang Wetlands (Ash Island) in the Hunter River estuary through the construction of rock fillets and rock revetment and revegetation. Rock fillets will promote the recovery of mangroves and riparian vegetation, leading to improved fish habitat. Rock revetment will prevent further erosion of the river bank while allowing public access (fishermen) to the river bank. Revegetation with local native riparian species will help protect the top of the river bank, increase biodiversity and enhance native habitat.
    $46,500
    Riparian restoration for stabilisation and biodiversity, Hunter Estuary, Ash Island Show project summary
    This project will revegetate 500m of the riparian zone with local native species to help redress the degradation of the riparian zone due to clearing and invasion of exotic herbaceous vegetation. This project will augment previous works of removing grazing from the intertidal zone, which allowed the regrowth of mangroves, and re-establishing a shelterbelt of local native woodland species along the river bank. This final stage will restore the protective, overhanging native vegetation which will provide shelter for fish; restore native biodiversity and provide long term stability for the river bank, especially during flooding to buffer against the early effects of sea level rise.
    $18,000
    Stockton Sandspit Habitat Restoration - Hunter Estuary Show project summary
    The Stockton Sandspit in the Hunter estuary is one of the State's most significant migratory shorebird roosts; is of international significance as a Ramsar site; and is a key destination for bird observers and international delegations. In this project, 1.5ha of local native habitat will be restored along 210m of river bank on the approach to the shorebird roost. This ecosystem will provide a more natural, biologically complementary ecosystem to the roost area as well as becoming a significant enhancement to native biodiversity in it own right.  

     $20,000

    Hunters Hill CouncilLane Cove River - Stormwater improvement works to protect saltmarsh, Boronia Park
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    Boronia Park along the Lane Cove River is part of an important estuarine habitat link between Sydney Harbour and Lane Cove National Park. It is 15 hectares and forms part of the Great North Walk. Uncontrolled stormwater runoff is resulting in erosion, sedimentation and weed infestation of key Coastal Saltmarsh and Swamp Oak Forest communities on the Lane Cover River. Stormwater quality improvement works will reduce erosion and sedimentation in these communities. It will also improve water quality in the estuary. Bush regeneration works will restore 3.5 ha of core habitat for threatened fauna including Grey-headed Flying Fox and Powerful Owl.

     

    The project has been identified as a high priority action in the five-year estuary vegetation rehabilitation plan for the reserve. The project will consolidate bush regeneration works funded by the CMA in Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest and Coastal Saltmarsh and funded previously by OEH along Brickmakers Creek riparian zone.

    $36,000
    Lake Illawarra AuthorityLake Illawarra - Estuary Management Planning & Catchment Protection (P1)
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    Consider impacts of rising sea level on the ecosystem of Lake Illawarra, access to and use of public foreshore lands, historical and cultural values and public infrastructure. Existing Strategies and actions in the Lake Illawarra Estuary Management Study and Strategic Plan (2006) will be reviewed and revised where necessary to promote an adaptive risk-based approach to managing the impacts of sea level rise. The project will also include preparation of a Biodiversity Strategy for inclusion in the updated Estuary Management Plan.
    $42,500
    Lake Illawarra - Water Quality Monitoring & Improvements (P5) Show project summary
    This project will involve the monitoring of key performance indicators within Lake Illawarra.
    $57,500
    Lake Macquarie City CouncilDeciding for the Future - sea level rise risk and community values Show project summary
    The project will identify the main factors - social, ecological, economic - that influence vulnerable communities' response to the effects of sea level rise in coastal estuaries. It will consider the possible responses to sea level rise - retreat, protection, modification - and prepare a decision-making matrix to help communities and planners understand the process, and make decisions on the best course of action for future planning and risk management, within an uncertain biophysical environment. The decision making matrix will weight factors based on analyses such as cost-benefit analysis, and estimations of environmental and social impact. A structured process of community consultation will allow community values and expectations to be included in the weighting of factors in the matrix.
    $42,500
    Improving foreshore & littoral habitats Lake Macquarie improve ecology & resilience sea level rise Show project summary
    The Lake Macquarie Estuary Management Plan identifies foreshore erosion, and the loss of foreshore (littoral) vegetation as being a key issue affecting the health of Lake Macquarie. While significant improvements have already been achieved through completed foreshore and littoral vegetation works around the Lake (undertaken as part of the 'Lake Improvement Project') a number of high priority degraded foreshore sites remain. This project aims to remediate a number of prominent foreshore sites where active erosion is occurring and littoral vegetation has become degraded. Priority sites include Rathmines, Myuna Bay and Arcadia Vale. Remedial works involve the use of 'soft engineering' techniques, such as the re-instatement of cobble beaches, which have proved to be highly successful at other localities around the estuary. Outcomes from undertaking this project include water quality improvements, increased recreational amenity, improved littoral habitats, as well as increased corridor connectivity.
    $85,000
    Sea Level Rise Adaptation by Design - low-impact protective measures for estuarine foreshores Show project summary
    The project will develop detailed design guidelines for works to protect property on estuarine foreshores from inundation and recession as a result of sea level rise. The proposed works, which may include vegetated berms, cobble beaches, and buried rubble walls, will preserve natural foreshore processes, and will protect property while preserving ecosystems and water quality. The project builds on recent studies of the effect of sea level rise on estuarine foreshores in Lake Macquarie, and earlier work by the Office of the Lake Macquarie and Catchment Coordinator on soft engineering designs for foreshore and streambank stabilisation. The guidelines will be incorporated in Council's Development Control Plan, and will be suitable for use by other coastal Councils
    $15,000
    Wetland and Saltmarsh Rehabilitation in Lake Macquarie Show project summary
    The project aims to address the on-going degradation in wetland and saltmarsh areas around Lake Macquarie by undertaking wetland/saltmarsh restoration works in priority locations (as identified in the Lake Macquarie Estuary Management Plan and subsequent management plans). These works aim to increase the improve water quality, restore/preserve habitat values on these areas, as well as improve their buffering capacity for predicted sea level rise.
    $31,650
    Lane Cove Municipal CouncilGore Creek - Stormwater Works to Protect Saltmarsh (EEC) Stage 1 - Planning, Design Show project summary

    Stage 1 of this project is for the investigation, design and documentation for erosion control works on a tributary of Gore Creek at Greenwich. The erosion control works being designed are needed to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrient laden runoff from entering the bay at the mouth of the creek where there are patches of saltmarsh. Water quality and sediment loadings will be monitored to assist with planning and design works. A project plan, including detailed designs, will be produced at the completion of Stage 1 of the project.

    Stages 2 and 3 of the project will involve future implementation of the plan - i.e. installation of the recommended devices and environmental controls to reduce the amount of sediment and other run-off entering the bay, leading to a significant improvement in water quality. Works will also help to protect the Endangered Saltmarsh Vegetation Community in Gore Creek Reserve by reducing the sediment loading and improving water quality.

    $20,000
    Manly CouncilManly Lagoon Estuary Health Improvement - Sediment Interception Program
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    Manly Lagoon receives inflows from three creeks (Manly, Burnt Bridge and Brookvale Creeks). The Lagoon is now 10% of its original size and is considered one of the most polluted recreational waterways on the east-coast of Australia. It suffers from high levels of sediment pollution and eutrophication. Swimming, boating and fishing are prohibited due to the poor water quality. The stormwater system transports high levels of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus to the Lagoon, with serious implications for estuary health. This project is for the construction of an online 180 cubic metre sediment basin within a major tributary into the Lagoon, Burnt Bridge Creek at Manly West Park, Balgowlah, as part of a sediment and organic matter interception program to improve estuary health and water quality in the Lagoon. Further, signs will be erected around the basin to educate the public and community on stormwater management in the Creek’s catchment.
    $84,261
    Marrickville Council

    Cooks River - Stormwater quality improvement works at Bruce Street, Marrickville Show project summary

    Marrickville Council's strategy for improving the condition of the Cooks River estuary is subcatchment planning, focusing on treating and using stormwater runoff before entering the estuary. The Riverside Crescent Subcatchment Management Plan (RCSCMP) includes goals and actions for works, education, and planning to achieve its 2050 vision, 'We can swim and play in the waterways' developed with over 100 local people and major landholders, and based on studies of the water cycle, pollutants, social characteristics and aspirations, and organisations responsible. Recommended in the RCSCMP, this partnership between Council and Marrickville Golf Club will design and construct a 300m2 biofiltration system on Marrickville golf course. It treats sediment laden runoff from the course and adjacent Bruce and Princess streets, treating a 3ha catchment area. The highly visible site will encourage participation of the Golf Club, patrons and residents in design and management of water quality improvement initiatives to protect Cooks River estuary.

     

     $77,500

    Parramatta City CouncilDevelopment of an Ecological Response Model for Sydney Harbour Show project summary
    This project is a component of a larger program seeking to address the ongoing health of the iconic Sydney Harbour and its catchment through the development of a Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP). The development of the Plan will involve several stages over the next 3 years. This project relates to Stage 3 and will involve the development, calibration and running of an Ecological Response Model. OEH is currently working with Council to refine the scope of this project to ensure achievable outcomes.
    $100,000
    Monitoring of the Parramatta River Estuary Show project summary
    The proposed project will enable the establishment of continuous water quality monitoring stations to assess the estuarine condition and performance for the Parramatta River. The selection of locations, equipment (real time vs continuous logging telemetered), deployment and commissioning will be done in accordance with monitoring protocols, indicators and guidelines developed by OEH (this will ensure a consistent estuarine monitoring framework for NSW estuaries). The data produced will be used to assess ongoing estuarine health, as well as for calibration of an existing hydrodynamic model and a multi-dimensional ecological response model soon to be developed for the Parramatta River estuary.
    $50,000
    Pittwater CouncilImpacts of climate change on estuarine wetland and migratory waterbirds in the Pittwater Estuary
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    This project will undertake surveys, mapping and modelling to identify important migratory and estuarine waterbird populations and habitat that may be lost or re-established as a result of climate change. Impacts considered include sea level rise scenarios, altered inundation regimes and altered hydrodynamic flows. This project aims to:

    • Increase the baseline data on current estuarine waterbird species distribution and abundance
    • Improve protocols for monitoring estuarine waterbirds as indicators of climate change
    • Examine climate change impacts on estuarine waterbird habitats using GIS, LIDAR and sea level rise mapping as per the draft Pittwater Foreshore Floodplain – Mapping of Sea Level Rise Impacts report
    • Further develop adaptive actions for incorporation into the Pittwater Estuary Management Plan

    The project will fulfil data gaps identified to enable Pittwater Council to manage migratory bird habitat within the Pittwater estuary into the future. This will provide greater protection for sites with current and potential habitat value.

    $12,000
    Urban sedimentation and pollution audit in the Pittwater Estuary: Stage 1
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    Careel Creek and Mona Vale Main Drain are tributaries of the Pittwater Estuary, they drain urban, commercial and industrial lands within the suburbs of Avalon, North Avalon, Bilgola Plateau, Mona Vale and Bayview. Careel Creek is within the Careel Creek Catchment, around 4.5km2, and Mona Vale Main Drain is within the Winnerremy Bay Catchment, around 5.2km2 (which also drains Cahill Creek).

     

    The Pittwater Estuary Management Plan has identified these catchments as problematic in terms of urban pollution and sediment runoff. This project will undertake an urban pollution and sediment runoff audit for both catchments. The audit shall include assessing activities and land-uses which constitute potential sources of pollution. Water quality monitoring, sediment sampling, detailed mapping and site inspections will be carried out. The audit will prioritise areas of greatest impact, and provide key hot spots to focus mitigation measures on, to reduce sediment and pollution discharges into Pittwater Estuary.

    $25,000
    Shoalhaven City CouncilAssessment of Catchment Inputs Jervis Bay & likely role of anthropogenic influences on algae blooms Show project summary

    Since September 2009, there has been large amounts of green algae (Microdictyon umbilicatum) washed up on Jervis Bay beaches. This has raised community concerns related to smell, amenity, potential heath impacts and the impact on the economy (tourism) and recreational activities.

    The cause of the bloom has not yet been determined. The Jervis Bay Marine Park Authority is conducting research on the algae in partnership with the University of Wollongong as not much research has been conducted on Microdictyon umbilicatum to date. In addition, there is a need to determine if anthropogenic catchment inputs could be causing the bloom so that preventive management measures can be put in place. This project will investigate catchment pollutant sources and assess their potential influence on the water quality of Jervis Bay and algae blooms.

    $15,000
    Estuary Health Monitoring and Reporting Show project summary
    This project will build on the current Ecosystem Integrity Index project for the Shoalhaven River and other catchment areas. The project will redesign the current routine monitoring program undertaken by Council across the estuary network to align it with the statewide MER and the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority's Estuary Benchmarking project. A working group has been established to mentor this review.
    $20,000
    Sutherland Shire CouncilNorth West Arm Estuary Management Plan Show project summary

    In conjunction with the Port Hacking Management Panel and community, Council carried out an extensive review of the 1992 Port Hacking Plan of Management. The resulting Port Hacking Integrated Environmental Management Plan was adopted by Council in February 2009. The Plan contains a detailed assessment of issues facing Port Hacking and recommends various actions to address these issues.

    Specific concerns in the North West Arm catchment include, flooding, degraded water quality, erosion, siltation, littering and weed infestations. This is due to a number of factors such as the nature of the catchment, its topography, land use, areas of population concentration, level of ongoing construction, condition of tributaries and natural characteristics of the estuary. It is expected that a North West Arm Estuary Management Plan will propose a range of actions to address these concerns.

    $75,000
    Warringah CouncilEstuarine Health Assessment of Coastal Lagoons Show project summary

    Warringah Council manages four coastal estuaries. Through the NSW Estuary Management Program, Council has developed Estuary Management Plans for each of the coastal lagoons.

    By undertaking a consistent monitoring and evaluating program, Council will acquire a robust data set that will improve the implementation of appropriate actions to manage all lagoons to their potential. It will assist in balancing the environmental and recreational needs of the area, complement OEH's state wide assessment of the ecological condition of estuaries and ensure the Coastal Zone Management Plans are based on robust data.

    $75,000

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