Science supporting the management of the Swan Canning Riverpark

The Rivers and Estuaries Science program undertakes and supports research across a wide range of disciplines in order to address knowledge gaps and inform management of the Swan Canning Riverpark. Research priorities are currently aligned with the Swan Canning Research Strategy and Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI) estuarine research priorities.

The program provides scientific advice and support to waterway managers, in relation to waterway condition, management and incident response (including, but not limited to, fish kills, algal blooms, sewerage overflows and dolphin deaths).

Key themes of the research we do include:

  • understanding waterway function and biodiversity values
  • understanding risks or threats to the waterway health and values
  • understanding habitat and how to improve and protect it
  • developing decision support tools and trialling new approaches/technologies for improved management
  • investigating threat mitigation approaches

Science on the waterway is underpinned by intensive water quality and biological monitoring and reporting on the Swan Canning Estuary and its catchment.

The research program has strong collaborative linkages with universities, research centres and other government departments, including the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, Curtin University, CSIRO, Department of Primaries Industries and Regional Development, and the Department of Health.

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Monitoring, evaluation and reporting Thursday, 28 November 2019 15:38