Estuary management grants 2012-13

Please note: the NSW Government recently announced that it will no longer recommend state-wide sea level rise benchmarks for councils. This means that for any funded projects, councils will have the flexibility to consider hazards in the context of their local circumstances.

Bega Valley Shire Council

Promoting the importance of estuary health: the Love Our Lakes Program
Funding: $20,000

There are 29 estuaries in Bega Valley Shire, representing a sixth of the state's estuaries. The Love Our Lakes Program aims to highlight and protect the things that the local community values about these estuaries. The program fosters the sustainable management of the estuaries and promotes their economic, social and environmental values. The program also increases community awareness of the values of the estuaries and encourages community and industry participation in conservation, rehabilitation and education initiatives.

Through the project, the Love Our Lakes Program will be continued and expanded, by employing a project officer and funding activities and projects. The project officer will continue working with local schoolchildren, and business and tourism representatives, to achieve behavioural change through a greater appreciation of the value of local estuaries.

Bega Valley Shire Estuary Monitoring Program (Year 3)
Funding: $35,000

Bega Valley Shire is currently implementing Year 2 of its Estuary Health Monitoring Program. The program includes measuring a number of physical and biological parameters using protocols consistent with the NSW Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Strategy (MER strategy) to address data gaps and help the council to develop an environmental profile for several coastal lakes.

Year 3 of the progarm will build on the knowledge gained from Years 1 and 2, and provide a comprehensive view of the Shire's most important estuaries. As with Years 1 and 2, the Year 3 monitoring will be based on the MER strategy and be undertaken in consultation with OEH's regional staff and science branch.

Bellingen Shire Council

Bellinger River bank rehabilitation at Fernmount
Funding: $10,000

Twenty-one site action plans have been developed for the upper estuary of the Bellinger River, of which 12 have commenced implementation. Through this project, on-ground works for river bank rehabilitation will be implemented on an additional site at Fernmount (one of only two remaining sites on public land) in the upper estuary. Actions will include weed control to promote natural regeneration in areas of existing native vegetation and revegetation to restore healthy, diverse native riparian corridors with structural integrity. These actions are outlined in the Bellinger River Estuary Action Plan - Reach Plan (Bellingen Shire Council/Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority 2011) and are the recommended rehabilitation strategies for addressing weed infestation, loss of native vegetation and associated erosion risks.

City of Canada Bay Council

City of Canada Bay mangrove protection
Funding: $18,000

The grant funding will be used to:

  • prepare an education package to reduce vandalism of mangroves; the package will include education signage, brochures and information on rehabilitation of affected mangrove habitat
  • trial mangrove propagation in partnership with NSW Maritime and Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries NSW)
  • rehabilitate saltmarsh and shorebird habitat by removing mangrove propagules (seeds)
  • investigate suitable areas for enhancement of estuarine vegetation, including the establishment of mangroves as a stabilisation method in areas of bank erosion.

City of Sydney Council

Sydney Harbour coastal zone management plan: Stage 1 - Scoping study
Funding: $30,000

The scoping study will form the first step in the preparation of a coastal zone management plan (CZMP) for Sydney Harbour. It will identify the scope of the CZMP, and identify and prioritise issues. The study will draw on the Guidelines for preparing coastal zone management plans (DECCW 2010).

The study will identify and prioritise the issues to be addressed in the CZMP including:

  • managing risks to public safety and built assets in the coastal zone
  • managing pressures on coastal ecosystems
  • community uses of the coastal zone
  • strategic, regional issues that individual councils cannot address
  • common issues across councils that should be addressed in a coordinated consistent process
  • clarifying roles in approvals, liaising with stakeholders and allocating responsibilities
  • filling in data gaps and commissioning specific studies (e.g. loss of seagrasses)
  • focusing the subsequent Harbour Condition Study
  • coastal zone issues additional to the minimum requirements for CZMPs, where they are not addressed through other planning processes.

Coffs Harbour City Council

Implementation of high priority management action within Hearnes Lake Catchment
Funding: $14,327

This project tackles a high priority action from Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan. There are numerous creeks and a number of ICOLLS in the local government area, but Hearnes Lake and catchment stand out in terms of overall environmental damage from catchment uses.The catchment of the lake is very small and is used for intensive agriculture. The lake has high conservation values and is impacted on by poor water quality, sediment erosion and deposition, and a degraded riparian zone.

There is an opportunity to improve farm management practices by funding some education and demonstration projects on adjacent catchment lands.

Eurobodalla Shire Council

Endangered ecological community (EEC) conservation works across Eurobodalla estuaries: Stage 4
Funding: $60,000

Through this project, threats will be controlled in the five major estuaries of 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. Additional sites from Stage 3 have been incorporated in this project, to complement previous environmental works and enhance the environmental values of an adjacent national park.

This project will involve:

  • implementing key environmental actions identified in the estuary management plans for these areas
  • undertaking on-ground works, including weed control and revegetation, with planting at priority sites 
  • implementing local community education programs to improve the condition of these habitats, and increase community awareness of and participation in environmental protection works.

Gosford City Council

Narara and Erina creeks: sediment health assessment
Funding: $40,000

The project will involve a comprehensive geomorphological study of historic and current sedimentation rates at the estuarine outlet areas of Erina and Narara creeks.

Because organic contaminants frequently occur with heavy metals, especially in stormwater-dominated systems, selected sampling and analyses will be undertaken for organochlorine compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls. The study will also fully evaluate toxicity in these systems, and include bioavailability, speciation and partitioning studies.

Great Lakes Council

Wallamba Island restoration: Stage 1
Funding: $68,000

The council has recently acquired Wallamba Island in the Lower Wallamba River near the regional centre of Forster-Tuncurry with funding support of $220,000 from NSW coast and estuary management grants. This acquisition has secured the land in public conservation ownership and protects it from risks associated with a change or intensification of private land use. The land supports high conservation value vegetation including coastal saltmarsh and floodplain endangered ecological communities, SEPP 14 wetlands and important fish habitats (mangroves). The land plays an important role in contributing to the provision of important ecosystem services.

Through the project, investment in the acquisition of the lands will be secured and safeguarded through initial on-ground actions leading to effective conservation, restoration and protection.

Bulahdelah Plain Wetland Conservation Project: Stage 3 (on-ground works)
Funding: $60,000

Floodplain wetlands of the Myall River system provide significant biodiversity and environmental services. A key ecosystem value is associated with protecting the waters of the Myall Lakes Ramsar site (MLRS) from pollutant inflows from the predominantly rural catchment. Great Lakes Council, with support from the Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority and the Estuary Program, acquired this key floodplain wetland on the Myall River floodplain (Stage 1). The land comprises some 366 hectares, and until recently was privately-owned and thus at risk from changed or intensified land use practices that could damage and degrade the wetland.

A recent blue-green algae outbreak highlights the ongoing sensitivities of the Myall Lakes system to pollution inflows.

Funds will help the council through Stage 3 to undertake essential on-ground works on this site, with the long-term goal of restoring the ecosystem services values and condition, and eventually including the land in the national reserve system. The works proposed include stock-exclusion fencing, revegetation of currently cleared areas, and primary weed and feral animal controls.

Developing the Karuah River catchment plan: applying knowledge from estuarine health assessment (Stage 2)
Funding: $70,000

Through this project, a catchment plan for the Karuah River will be prepared and Stage 2 of the health assessment of Karuah River estuary will be delivered. In developing the catchment plan, the council will identify key actions for managing catchment nutrient inputs, drawing on:

  • the findings of the estuary health assessment
  • the principles in the Great Lakes Water Quality Improvement Plan
  • experience working with land holders in other similar catchments.

The council will engage with land managers and stakeholders in the catchment about the estuary health assessment findings and work with them to develop actions for the plan.

This catchment has traditional dairy, grazing and poultry production with increasing coal extraction and coal seam gas development. This estuary is an important oyster farming area which has suffered water quality issues in the past. Identifying the key strategic actions for this catchment will assist with reducing these water quality issues and protecting the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park.

Greater Taree City Council

Protecting the health of the Manning
Funding: $25,000

The Manning River is unique on the east coast of Australia, as it is the only river on the coastline comprising two ocean entrances. The river is the main water source for town water in the Greater Taree local government area. The estuary is home to oyster farms and a commercial fishing industry, which rely on the health of the estuary. The project aims to:

  • educate the community by providing interpretive signage at key locations throughout the estuary, outlining the potentially adverse impacts of human activities on the environmental health of the estuary, e.g. stormwater pollutants, disturbance of the riparian zone
  • monitor and collect data for developing a 'State of the Manning' environmental report card about the health of the estuary for the Manning catchment.

Hornsby Shire Council

Real-time estuarine health monitoring of the Hawkesbury Estuary
Funding: $55,000

Estuarine health is directly influenced by the quantity and quality of upper catchment surface water and groundwater runoff. To understand the impact of catchment runoff on estuarine health, direct in-situ measurement of key parameters is required.

To monitor key parameters, the council has five water quality probes deployed in the Lower Hawkesbury Estuary. Parameters monitored include chlorophyll-a, temperature, conductivity, salinity and photosynthetically available radiation. Funding will continue this real-time monitoring program. Data collected will be used to:

All data is publicly available and includes maps of estuary temperatures, salinities and algae locations based on a hydrodynamic model. Users of the data include recreational swimmers, fishers, oyster farmers and researchers.

Environmental status of sediments in the Hawkesbury Estuary
Funding: $70,000

Through this project, an environmental health assessment of Lower Hawkesbury sediments will be undertaken from Wisemans Ferry to Broken Bay, complementing MER strategy monitoring. The sources and the regional extent of sediment contamination will be determined. Analysis of trace metals, major elements, nutrients, total organic compounds, organic contaminants and grainsize will be undertaken. In addition, tributyltin (TBT) and organic booster biocides (diuron, chlorothalonil, irgarol and dichlofluanid), which have augmented copper-based antifoulants since TBT was banned in 1989, will be analysed at selected sites.

A project innovation will be the use of new bioassay techniques which will link sediment quality directly to the health of estuarine organisms (e.g. benthic communities). This study will build on baseline monitoring undertaken in 2007 and will assess rates of change from these baseline conditions. Furthermore, the council will recommend and implement prioritised remedial actions required to improve estuarine health.

Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority

Monitoring restoration works at Dead Mangrove Creek and Area E on Ash Island: Hunter Estuary
Funding: $20,000

This project will monitor vegetation (including saltmarsh) and the occurrence of the green and golden bell frog (GGBF) following creek restoration works to improve tidal flushing of Dead Mangrove Creek and management of hydrology in Area E to restore saltmarsh as shorebird habitat. Vegetation response to restoration works will be surveyed to assess if the desired outcomes have been achieved in each area. Occurrence of the GGBF will be surveyed in the vicinity of restoration works so their presence or absence can be considered in the assessment of restoration activities.

These results will be made available in a report that can assist in the design and implementation of similar works locally and further afield.

Hurstville City Council

Automated real-time water quality monitoring network: Georges River Estuary
Funding: $75,000

The Georges River Combined Councils' Committee (GRCCC) in partnership with three of its member councils (Campbelltown, Liverpool and Fairfield City Councils) will complete the installation of a catchment-wide network of real-time automated water quality monitoring devices. The devices will be installed at three sites along the upper Georges River in the Campbelltown, Fairfield and Liverpool local government areas. This network will complement, and integrate with, the monitoring currently taking place:

  • for the Georges River Coastal Zone Management Plan by the GRCCC
  • for the Botany Bay Water Quality Improvement Program (BBWQIP), which uses real-time loggers in the mid and lower reaches of the Georges River
  • at 42 other sites through the GRCCC’s River Health Monitoring Program.

The data collected will be used to calibrate the BBWQIP catchment model developed by the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority.

The installation of these upper river devices will allow real-time data to be collected on a regional scale that will complement and build on the regional database established by the GRCCC’s River Health Monitoring Program.

Kiama Municipal Council

Review of the Crooked River Estuary Management Plan for climate change impacts 
Funding: $20,000

The Crooked River Estuary Management Plan was adopted by Kiama Municipal Council in September 2003. Since then, the council has implemented many of the actions in the plan, with considerable benefit for the health of the estuary. The body of knowledge of the potential impacts of climate change on the physical and ecological processes within estuaries has increased. The review will consider the potential impacts of climate change and refocus priorities, considering emerging issues and past actions. The review process will provide new opportunities for the local community to have a say in the management of Crooked River. The health assessment and review for climate change will also align with the requirements for the preparation of the coastal zone management plan as set out in the Guidelines for preparing coastal zone management plans.

Lake Illawarra Authority

Lake Illawarra: protection and improvement of estuarine wetland habitat
Funding: $122,500

Project activities will involve saltmarsh protection, erosion control, and weeding and revegetation at various sites along the foreshore. Work will result in the restoration of up to 5 km of shoreline areas, resulting in improved biodiversity and habitat. Specifically, work will target the protection and improvement of saltmarsh through:

  • erection of vehicle barriers and stock fencing
  • removal of terrestrial and aquatic weed species involving hand spraying and spot spraying
  • removal of kikuyu grass
  • planting of native grasses and sedges, and tree and shrub species.

Lake Illawarra: erosion control of priority areas
Funding: $60,000

Project activities will involve erosion control works to protect public assets located on adjoining foreshore areas. Work will result in the protection of approximately 250 metres of shoreline area and a reduction in erosion that has impacts on water quality and seagrass. Designs have already been developed for these areas utilising Environmentally friendly seawall guidelines (DECC 2009).

Lake Illawarra: community education
Funding: $7,500

Project activities will involve the Love the Lake campaign which aims to raise the level of understanding of, and care for, Lake Illawarra by all that use and benefit from it. Love the Lake will recognise that the lake is an important natural feature that underpins local industries and the tourism industry. The key campaign message is ‘keep it clean’. Implementing the Lake Illawarra Authority's (LIA's) community education program will involve preparing brochures and newsletters, and conducting a range of hands-on community education activities at the LIA's Education Study Centre. Such activities include regular newsletters about Lake Illawarra, media releases to inform the public about issues and management activities around the lake, and facilitating community involvement in projects such as the Clean Up the Lake Day. The project will also arrange for schools and community groups to participate in hands-on activities as set out in the Lake Illawarra Estuarine Education Resource (LIA 2010) at the LIA's Education Study Centre.

Lake Illawarra: water quality and estuary health monitoring
Funding: $55,000

The Lake Illawarra Authority (LIA) has identified a range of indicators that are relevant to the management of Lake Illawarra including seagrass/saltmarsh condition, water clarity, temperature, pH, salinity, chlorophyll-a and nutrients. The LIA is monitoring the indicators to assess changes in resource condition and the performance of adopted management actions. Chlorophyll-a and turbidity data are also integrated into the Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Strategy.

Data collected from the probes located at Cudgeree Bay and Koonawarra Bay is maintained by Manly Hydraulics Laboratory, and provides information on pH, salinity (conductivity), dissolved oxygen, water temperature and water level. Water samples collected on a monthly basis at six sites: Griffins Bay, Kanahooka, Burroo Bay, Back Channel, Windang Bridge and the Southern Breakwater provide information on chlorophyll-a, ammonia , total nitrogen, oxidised nitrogen, total dissolved nitrogen, total phosphorus, total dissolved phosphorus, filterable reactive phosphorus and turbidity. Water samples collected from the groundwater bores near Korrongulla Swamp provide information on heavy metal leachate entering Lake Illawarra.

Lake Illawarra: Primbee stormwater controls
Funding: $37,500

Project activities include the design and construction of gross pollutant traps/trash racks on four existing stormwater drains that discharge into Primbee Bay.

Lake Macquarie City Council

Lake Macquarie Coastal Zone Management Plan, Part B: Review management plan
Funding: $80,000

The Lake Macquarie Estuary Management Plan was adopted in 1997. Since this time, significant activities have occurred, including over $20 million being spent on lake and catchment improvement works. Over recent years, the council has undertaken several technical studies, including the preparation of an ecological response model for Lake Macquarie, a tidal prism analysis, wetland and saltmarsh studies and a seagrass health analysis. The council intends to review the estuary plan, in light of these recent studies, and in accordance with Guidelines for preparing coastal zone management plans (DECCW 2010).

Wetland and saltmarsh rehabilitation in Lake Macquarie
Funding: $31,650

The project aims to address the ongoing 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 improvement in water quality, restore and preserve habitat values, exclude poor management practice and, as a management response, improve the buffering capacity of wetlands against predicted sea level rise.

Improving foreshore and littoral habitats in Lake Macquarie
Funding: $40,000

The Lake Macquarie Estuary Management Plan identifies foreshore erosion and the loss of foreshore (littoral) vegetation as being key issues affecting the health of Lake Macquarie. Whilst 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 there is active erosion and littoral vegetation has become degraded. Priority sites include Eraring Bay, Marks Point and Wangi Wangi. 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 and increased corridor connectivity.

Lake Macquarie riparian rehabilitation project
Funding: $149,763

The health of Lake Macquarie Estuary is highly dependent on inflows from its catchment and tributaries. The increasing volume of runoff from urbanising catchments, due to hard surfaces and less infiltration, is increasing the proportion of lake sediment inflows, and other pollutants, being generated by eroding streambanks. The project aims to undertake streambank stabilisation works and riparian vegetation rehabilitation in priority tributaries throughout the catchment. A number of detailed management plans (e.g. The Cockle Creek Improvement Strategy, and the LT Creek Catchment Water Quality Management Plan) have been prepared to supplement the Lake Macquarie Estuary Management Plan, and provide detail on priority localities for streambank stabilisation and riparian vegetation improvement works. Outcomes from undertaking this project include water quality improvements, improved riparian habitats and increased corridor connectivity.

Leichhardt Municipal Council

Birchgrove Oval gross pollutant trap
Funding: $53,000

This project involves installing a small gross pollutant trap in Birchgrove near Balmain, an older area in the heart of Sydney.  Due to ageing infrastructure and high population density, there are issues with flooding and pollution. There are also minimal opportunities to invest in water quality improvements such as street sweeping and water sustainability. The area contains the Dawn Fraser Swimming Baths, a hugely popular harbour pool. Its waters, and water in the rest of Sydney Harbour, need protecting.

The trap will be located in Birchgrove Oval, a high-profile sportsground that offers a fantastic opportunity to educate the public about the impacts of litter, sediment and leaf matter on water quality in Sydney Harbour. The trap will prescreen water to reduce the load of pollution going from the streets in the catchment into Sydney Harbour.

A subsequent stage proposes a stormwater harvesting project that will use this screened water to offset the potable irrigation demand for the oval, and further reduce pollution loads.

Manly Council

Estuary health assessment for Middle Harbour along the foreshores of Manly local government area
Funding: $50,000

The project is an action in the adopted Clontarf/Bantry Estuary Management Plan (AH5.1: Collate, analyse recent knowledge and study factors affecting degradation of ecologically important/critical habitats).

The estuary health assessment (EHA) will include a description of:

  • the components of the estuarine ecosystem
  • the key biological, physical and chemical processes and interactions
  • the key pressures impacting on estuarine processes and  estuary health.

The status of estuary health will be assessed through monitoring indicators, for example, phytoplankton biomass (chlorophyll a), seagrass and mangrove extent following the NSW Water Quality and River Flow Objectives and NSW Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Strategy. Through involvement with the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority’s Sydney Harbour Catchment Water Quality Improvement Plan, data will be received and shared, there will be a modelling analysis, and there will be training and contribution to the coastal zone management plan (CZMP). The EHA is a technical study for the planned CZMP for the Clontarf/Bantry Bay Estuary.

Estuary hazards study for Clontarf and Bantry Bay area
Funding: $40,000

The project is a high priority action in the council adopted Clontarf/Bantry Estuary Management Plan (Action HR1: Identify existing and potential hazard and establish mitigation measures). The estuary hazard study (EHS) will assess beach erosion, shoreline recession, coastal inundation, and slope and cliff instability. It will consider environmental, public safety and access and planning impacts including the possible loss of aquatic and riparian vegetation. The EHS will also assess the impacts of projected sea level rise on estuarine habitats, stormwater systems and public access and critical infrastructure. The study may also assess tsunami impacts.

Separate emergency action subplans will be prepared for specific locations. All properties in the area will be categorised for risk and responses.

The EHS will provide technical information for the planned coastal zone management plan for Clontarf/Bantry Estuary (Middle Harbour). The outcome of the study will be to improve planning controls to avoid development in the hazard areas.

Nambucca Shire Council

Healthy wetlands for a healthy estuary: Nambucca River
Funding: $80,000

The mid north coast of NSW is a significant floodplain complex comprising multiple floodplain endangered ecological communities. The estuary and connecting backswamp wetlands support a range of ecological values which are critical to the sustainability of local oyster, fishing and aquaculture industries. The Gumma Gumma Healthy Wetlands for a Healthy Estuary project will target issues including acid sulfate soils, poor water quality and degraded aquatic habitat that threaten the sustainability of primary industries and vital ecosystem services of the complex. The aim of the project is to improve the hydrology of Gumma wetlands to a level that sustains healthy environmental flows and supports local fisheries, as well as agriculture. The project will involve actions to assess, design and install a water control structure to retain appropriate seasonal water levels in the swamp. These actions will work towards a balanced hydrological system, supporting Healthy Wetlands for a Healthy Estuary.

Pittwater Council

Adaptive response of Pittwater estuarine shores to sea level rise
Funding: $40,000

A rising sea level is likely to have profound impacts on low lying lands in coastal environments, in particular the shorelines and intertidal zones of estuaries. Seagrass meadows, mudflats, mangrove wetlands and saltmarshes are ecosystems that are highly sensitive to changes in tidal range and as such will be vulnerable to sea level rise impacts. Much public infrastructure and urban development is located on coastal floodplains and estuarine foreshores that will increasingly be threatened by sea level rise impacts, including inundation, erosion and saline intrusion.

The project will help the council and the community to appreciate ways in which the foreshores and low lying lands around Pittwater might respond to sea level rise and the adaptation provisions and measures that may need to be considered to sustain vulnerable estuarine ecosystems and increase the resilience of threatened urban communities.

Defining the creek systems of the Pittwater Estuary Catchment: Stage 1
Funding: $30,000

The project has been developed according to key critical actions in the Pittwater Estuary Management Plan relating to creek health and significant habitats. The project will cover the Pittwater Estuary Catchment, including creeks in the national park. The project will set up a clear defined outline of the location of the creek systems in the catchments that drain into Pittwater Estuary. This project is Stage 1, and relates to the identification, photo logging and mapping of all the creeks that drain into the Pittwater Estuary to determine their location, level of disturbance, the reaches of the creek, the riparian width of the creek and in-stream habitat. Once these creek systems are identified and ground-truthed, significant habitats in the creek systems can be mapped (Stage 2), then the health of the riparian zones and creek systems can be analysed and reported on (Stage 3).

Richmond River County Council

Richmond Catchment EcoHealth water quality monitoring
Funding: $53,500

The project will coordinate and implement intensive water quality sampling in five subcatchments in three local government areas over an eighteen-month period in accordance with the EcoHealth model developed by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority. This information will provide site-specific information on each subcatchment regarding ambient water quality and event-based information for the North Creek, Wilsons and Richmond catchments. The project is a pilot for a broader Richmond River EcoHealth assessment which was identified as a very high priority in the coastal zone management plan.

Richmond estuary prioritisation and education for riparian restoration
Funding: $30,000

The Richmond estuary extends from Ballina upstream to Casino and Lismore and suffers from a lack of good native riparian vegetation, weeds, poor farming practices and erosion with many landowners unwilling to commit to or being uninformed about the advantages of riparian restoration. This project aims to use existing vegetation mapping and GIS data to identify sites which can be prioritised for restoration. An education and communication component would be incorporated for landowners to improve levels of acceptance and understanding of the need for riparian restoration. Prioritisation of areas would allow direct contact with landowners to target on-ground works.

Shoalhaven City Council

Estuary health monitoring and reporting
Funding: $20,000

This project builds on the current Ecosystem Integrity Index project for the Shoalhaven River and six other catchment areas. This project will redesign the current routine monitoring program undertaken by the council across the estuary network to align it with the statewide Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Strategy and the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority Estuary Benchmarking Project. A working group has been established, and OEH will mentor this project.

Shoalhaven floodplain agricultural drainage remediation assessment
Funding: $60,000

Through this project, existing research and site-specific reports will be reviewed, and a detailed remediation strategy based on the improved range of remediation options and demonstrated management strategies will be developed.

Page last updated: 15 July 2013