Journal article

Restoring a stream through retention of urban stormwater runoff: a catchment-scale experiment in a social-ecological system

Christopher J Walsh, Tim D Fletcher, Darren G Bos, Samantha J Imberger



Restoration of ecological structure and function of urban streams probably requires catchment-scale modification of drainage infrastructure, but such catchment-scale restoration attempts and their assessment are rare. They require stream ecologists to embrace the interdisciplinary challenges of studying the social-ecological systems that are urban catchments. We designed and monitored a catchment-scale experiment that involved the retrofit of urban stormwater infrastructure throughout an urban catchment to restore more natural hydrology, water quality, and consequently, ecological condition in the receiving stream. We worked with government authorities and the catchment community (residents ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Program (LP0883610 and LP130100295), the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Melbourne Waterway Research Practice Partnership (funded by MW), Victorian Water Trust, Victorian Urban Stormwater and Recycling Fund, Caring for Our Country Investment Fund, Office of Living Victoria, Yarra Ranges Council, and Yarra Valley Water. TDF is supported by an ARC Future Fellowship (FT10010044).