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A line in the sediment

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A line in the sediment

Changing our behaviours to protect our waterways

Sediment-laden stormwater is detrimental to urban waterways and marine environments, limiting everyone’s ability to enjoy our beautiful South Australian coastline and beaches.

The lack of effective on-site sediment control during development construction is a major contributor to stormwater pollution and has consequences for the useful life of water sensitive urban design assets, with sediment clogging them ahead of their usual renewal period.

Enough is enough. We want to draw a line in the sand sediment!

Join us to gain an understanding of the current science on the source of sediment in urban environments, and methods to ensure best-practice sediment and erosion control. Our panel will then answer your questions about how we can better support industry and community to effectively manage sediment during the construction phase of major infrastructure, land divisions and homes to ensure our beautiful creeks and coastal environments are healthy, safe places that can be enjoyed by all.

Topics & presenters

  • The science: Sediment supply fluxes associated with greenfield development – Dr Kathryn Russell
  • WSUD impacts: How sediment limits the capacity of WSUD assets – Dr Kerri Muller
  • Implementing a successful ESC program: Key elements of a successful ESC program and what is now commonly implemented in Queensland’s construction sites – Leon Rowlands
  • Compliance: Get the site right campaign – Paramatta River Catchment Group – Nadia Young

Who should attend

  • Compliance officers
  • Consulting engineers (project management)
  • Planning policy officers
  • Development managers
  • Development assessment engineers and planners
  • EPA
  • Free

Your presenters

Dr Kathryn Russell is a fluvial geomorphologist, working on the impacts of urbanisation on stream physical form and function. Her research interests include the sediment supply and transport regime of urban streams, sediment pollution produced by construction areas, prediction of stream channel adjustment to urban conditions and the provision of freedom space for urban streams to exhibit healthy, dynamic behaviour and engage their floodplains.

Dr Kerri Muller has recently joined the Water Sensitive SA team as its Principal Ecologist, and is an expert in constructed wetlands. Kerri’s strong understanding of ecological first principles and her capacity to bridge the gap between science, policy and practice have enabled her to deliver many creative solutions to long- and short-term environmental challenges.

Leon Rowlands, Director, Switchback Consulting, is an Environmental Engineer with 25 years’ experience in the urban development industry with a focus on ESC and WSUD. Leon developed and lead the ESC compliance program at one of Queensland’s largest local government sites, and assists other Council’s to develop similar programs. He has developed ESC strategies for some of the largest developments in the state, and assisted in development of state-wide ESC policy, which has transformed the ESC landscape in Queensland.

Nadia Young leads the planning, development and delivery of a wide range of programs, events and activities that support the vision, mission and purpose of the Parramatta River Catchment Group, which contributes to improvements in waterway and catchment health.




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November 30 @ 11:50 am
November 30 @ 2:00 pm
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Acknowledgement of Country

Water Sensitive SA acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.