Journal article

Linking urban land use to pollutants in constructed wetlands: Implications for stormwater and urban planning

David J Sharley, Simon M Sharp, Stephen Marshall, Katherine Jeppe, Vincent J Pettigrove

Landscape and Urban Planning | Elsevier | Published : 2017


Constructed wetlands are recognised as a cost-effective and socially acceptable stormwater treatment option within urban landscapes, satisfying a range of urban design objectives, including flood protection and treating stormwater. While wetlands also provide habitat for aquatic biota, and often act as a refuge for wildlife, there is growing concern that as wetlands become polluted, they could become toxic to aquatic life and lead to extensive costs for the disposal of sediments. Currently, there is little consideration given to how land use activity in wetland catchments contributes to this pollution. Here we assessed the sediment quality of 98 constructed wetlands across an urban landscape..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Melbourne Water Corporation for kindly providing funding towards this study. We also thank CAPIM and the University of Melbourne for providing infrastructure. Thanks to David Carew and Al Danger from Melbourne Water for assistance with site selection and GIS data. We thank Daniel MacMahon, Cameron Amos, Jessica French, Kallie Townsend, Patrick Bonney, Harry Eason, Georgia Sinclair and Jackie Myers for field assistance.