Journal article

Balancing biodiversity outcomes and pollution management in urban stormwater treatment wetlands

Robin Hale, Stephen E Swearer, Michael Sievers, Rhys Coleman

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Wetlands are increasingly being constructed to mitigate the effects of urban stormwater, such as altered hydrological regimes and reduced water quality, on downstream aquatic ecosystems. While the primary purpose of these wetlands is to manage stormwater, they also attract animals whose growth, survival and breeding (i.e. 'fitness') may be compromised. Such deleterious effects will be exacerbated if animals are caught in 'ecological traps', mistakenly preferring wetlands with unsuitable environmental conditions. Alternatively, wetlands that offer suitable habitat conditions for animals could be beneficial, especially in fragmented urban landscapes. Consequently, a thorough understanding of t..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Melbourne Water and the Australian Research Council under project LP140100343. We thank the following people for attending a workshop to discuss this project, and for providing feedback on an earlier draft of this manuscript Alison Rickard, David Reginato, Bronwen Hutchison, William Steele, Trish Grant, Birgit Jordan, Rachael Bathgate, Daniella Gerente, Arezou Houslunand, Leon Metzeling, Chris Walsh, Dennis Corbett and Michael Scroggie. Thanks to Rachael Bathgate for organising and coordinating the workshop.