Urban waterways provide flood management, amenity and cultural services to the community. Some of the key pressures that can impact upon the ability of waterways to provide these services include changes to water quality, groundwater, flow dynamics, and channel form. We can minimise the impacts of these changes through good practice in water sensitive urban design and erosion and sediment control, but once waterways are degraded, why, when, and how do we repair them?
Recovering waterways requires not only an understanding of how they function and the pressures on these functions, but also the core services and values that they provide to society.
Waterbody Management Guideline
The Healthy Waterways “Waterbody Management Guideline” provides a framework for managers dealing with waterbodies in all areas including development assessment, asset management, maintenance and operations as well as extension and engagement.
The guideline recognises that waterbodies need to be managed with the overall catchment in mind, as many of the impacts on and from the waterbody are tied to the broader landscape. It particularly focuses on standing water and artificial waterbodies such as urban lakes and farm dams.
State of the Streams
In addition, Healthy Waterways has conducted a scoping study “State of the Streams” to promote discussion and facilitate a collaborative approach to improved waterway management. This scoping study presents the views of waterway managers, community and industry partners, providing better understanding of stakeholder objectives for waterway management projects.