[ASC-list] Queensland SEQ Catchments Honours Bursary in River Restoration Awarded to help with restoration of Bulimba Creek catchment area

Jayne Keane jayne.keane at qm.qld.gov.au
Fri Sep 21 02:57:46 UTC 2012


Ecologist Daryl Evans awarded a SEQ Catchments Honours Bursary in River
Restoration to identify the sources of sediment and associated
pollutants within the Bulimba Creek catchment to help restore the
waterway.

 

An Environmental Planning Officer with the Bulimba Creek Catchment
Coordinating Committee, Daryl's research will provide the Committee and
Brisbane City Council with valuable data in order to target and
prioritise rehabilitation efforts along the length of the waterway.

"Bulimba Creek was once a pristine clear water catchment with a range of
habitats," Mr Evans said. "There has been significant degradation over
past 150 years due to urban encroachment, industrial processes and
agricultural practices.

 

"It's been 30 years since last study of the waterway, so there is an
urgent need to identify target areas for appropriate rehabilitation and
restoration. Understanding of the sources of the sediment and pollutants
is the key to restoring the biological aspects of the ecosystem.

"Ultimately, preventing sediments and pollutants entering South East
Queensland waterways are key factors in preserving areas like the
Moreton Bay Marine Park," he said.

 

The study will seek to will distinguish between surface soil and channel
erosion and the spatial distribution of sediment sources to identify the
primary source of sediment and pollutants in the catchment.

It will assist Brisbane City Council, the Department of Environment and
Heritage Protection, and SEQ Catchments with the broader restoration
efforts within the Bulimba Creek catchment.

Already Mr Evans has identified two new populations of Crimson Spotted
Rainbow fish in Bulimba Creek tributaries.

 

"I think with last year's floods the rainbows have made their way down
from the pools where they were identified from previous surveys and
re-populated the tributaries to the immediate north and south of Spring
Creek at Carindale," he said.

Each year Griffith University's Australian Rivers Institute offers one
SEQ Catchments Honours Bursary in River Restoration to support the
research into managing waterway health, water quality, biodiversity and
ecosystem services in South East Queensland.

The bursary is funded from the $11,000 prize money SEQ Catchments
received when it took top honours at the 2011 Healthy Waterways Awards,
winning the Minister's Grand Prize and 'Seqwater - Rural Award' for its
Rosevale floodplain reinstatement and land management project.

SEQ Catchments is a community-based, not-for-profit business that works
to protect and restore South East Queensland's natural environment and
biodiversity. It works with landholders, government and community groups
to help deliver the long term targets detailed in the SEQ NRM Plan.

 

Further information: Jose Abad, 0403 930 380, perception at iaap.com.au

 


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