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Improving ecological function of urban waterways

December 13, 2018

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities has designed a series of factsheets to guide the repair or design of a living stream site on a flowing urban waterway. The site may be associated with a creek/stream channel, a constructed drain, a lowland river or a living stream built in a new urban development.

The factsheets refer to the repair or design of nine different ecological components of flowing waterways: Flow, geomorphology, riparian, connectivity (longitudinal, lateral, vertical), water quality (nutrients, physico-chemistry including toxicants) and biota. For most components there are two factsheets: One for what to do at the site scale and the other for what to do at the catchment scale. Users of the guidelines are encouraged to work at both spatial scales.

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