Research Priorities

Healthy Waterways maintains an active research program which draws on the expertise of our scientific experts to identify key knowledge gaps within waterway management. Working with our members, we identify the highest priority knowledge gaps to be addressed. These priorities are divided into three main categories:

Ecosystem services

  • Assessing the role of riverside vegetation in maintaining stream health
  • Optimising floodplain vegetation to reduce flood impact
  • Developing innovative monitoring tools to assess the impact of catchment management on commercially important fisheries, water quality and estuarine health using new technologies, and nutrient dynamics from sediment
  • Understanding the dynamics and longevity of plastics in the marine and estuarine environment.

Community and waterway interaction

  • Developing tools to predict safe waterway interaction/recreation for the community
  • Assessing the role of healthy waterways in maintaining community health and protecting community values.

Economic benefits of waterways

  • Understanding the role of waterway health in reducing the cost of drinking water supply
  • Assessing the role of catchment vegetation in reducing food production costs
  • Protecting the value of waterway recreation and tourism
  • Reducing the cost of waterway remediation by using erosion and sediment control methodology
  • Demonstrating the economic benefits of Living Waterways.