Setting stream naturalisation goals to achieve ecosystem improvement in urbanising greenfield catchments
MJ Sammonds, GJ Vietz
AREA | WILEY | Published : 2015
Expanding cities worldwide are gradually absorbing peripheral greenfield streams that often require some level of improvement to fulfil their role as central public spaces in the urban landscape. Restoration is often impossible due to physical constraints imposed by urban development coupled with fundamental biophysical modification from previous land use. However, it is possible to provide social amenity and improve stream ecosystem condition through the process of naturalisation - an implicitly social undertaking reliant on the well-informed participation of stakeholders. Urbanising greenfield sites present a special case of naturalisation that does not include a local community as it is a..View full abstract
The authors gratefully acknowledge the help of the Berwick-Pakenham Historical Society in our investigations into local history of the Koo-Wee-Rup region and Geoff Yugovic for insights into the original vegetation. We also extend our gratitude to the reviewers of this article for their constructive criticism that has greatly improved it. Sammonds and Vietz were funded by the Cities as Water Supply Catchments project (now the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities), based at Monash University.