Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Bioretention Systems

This one day workshop gives a comprehensive introduction to the Centre for Cooperative Research for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) “Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems”. The workshop will guide participants towards key content in the guidelines including; what is a biofiltration system, how do they function and what are their benefits. Participants will also work through key considerations for design, construction, handover, operation and maintenance. The workshop will also debunk some of the myths around biofiltration systems.

Workshop cost – general registration is $275

To register click here.

Data Collection on Flying-Fox Heat Stress

Data is being collected to better understand the impacts of heat-stress on flying-fox species and to build a repository of flying-fox heat stress events.  If you have information on a local flying-fox camp that has been affected by heat-stress (past or present) please complete the Flying-fox heat stress data form developed by Western Sydney University, Melbourne University, CSIRO and Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Aboriginal Land Clean Up and Prevention Program

This is an illegal dumping grant program managed by the NSW EPA. Individual grants of $10,000 to $75,000 are eligible for NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils as well as local councils, government agencies, non government organisations working in partnership with a Local Aboriginal Land Council.

The program is open until 30 September 2019, or until funds are exhausted which ever occurs first.

For more information click here.

2017-18 State of the Beaches Report

The annual State of the Beaches Report 2017/18 has been released by Beachwatch. The State of the Beaches reports on water quality of swimming locations within ocean and harbour beaches across NSW.

According to the NSW News published on 19 October, 85% of the state’s swimming sites have been rated as good or very good for the first time since 2010.

The NSW News provides a summary from the report as follows:

  • 90 per cent of the 97 Sydney region swimming sites tested rated good or very good with improved water quality at seven sites and decreased scores at only four.
  • 78 per cent of the 18 North Coast swimming sites rated good or very good with two downgraded.
  • 84 per cent of the 38 Hunter region swimming sites rated good or very good with improvements at seven sites.
  • 53 per cent of the 32 Central Coast sites rated good or very good – a decline from the previous year due to changes in the monitoring program rather than water quality.
  • 100 per cent of the 21 Illawarra beaches rated good or very good with improved water quality at one beach.
  • 100 per cent of the 35 South Coast region sites rated good or very good with two sites showing decreased water quality.
  • 81% of estuarine swimming sites are listed as goof or very good.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said “while these figures are welcome, they also show there is still work to be done, as according to the report, coastal lakes, lagoons and estuarine swimming spots were adversely affected by heavy rainfall”.

Download a copy of the State of the Beaches Report here.

To read more about the Beachwatch program and to find out about the daily pollution forecasts for your local beach click here.

Get The Site Right Campaign

The Get the Site Right Campaign was launched by the Parramatta River Catchment Group a couple of years ago to raise awareness of the impacts of water pollution /sediments from building sites on the aquatic environment, and increase compliance based building inspections to ensure developers/builders are getting their site right.

During October 2017 and May 2018, the Sydney Coastal Councils Group partnered with the Parramatta River Catchment Group, Cooks River Alliance, Georges River Combined Councils Committee, NSW EPA and Department of Environment and Planning on the Get the Site Right Campaign.

To view the Get the Site Right Campaign video click here.

To view the Get the Site Right webinar on what to look for when assessing soil erosion and sediment control measures click here.