Efficiency of Riparian Zones in Trapping Sediment and Nutrients


This research has been funded by Seqwater with LBCCG providing support – landholder engagement, site selection assistance and negotiating access.

The aim for this program is to understand processes within Seqwater catchments (source, store, supply) that influence water quality, and to identify ways to assess, investigate and improve treatment barriers for enhanced water quality outcomes. The study is part of sub-project 2.1 with the overall objective: Understand the spatial sources and active erosion processes (e.g. extent of channel erosion), which generate sediments under events of varying magnitudes and under differing dam management scenarios, and understand how these sources and processes may influence future sediment delivery to reservoirs and water treatment plants.

This component of the study aims to “Improve understanding of efficacy of riparian vegetation in enhancing channel stability and reducing diffuse pollutant (sediment and nutrient) loads.”