University of Canberra
Research Projects
ACT Water Quality Assessment
State/Territory: ACT

Many streams flowing through the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are adjacent to, and are interconnected with, rural and urban areas. Urban and rural land use practices have the potential to degrade the condition of stream ecosystems through changes in water quality and stream habitat. Therefore, an ongoing assessment program is in place to measure such changes in selected ACT streams. This study forms the macro-invertebrate component of the program of the ACT Water Quality Monitoring Program for rivers, and will be used to determine whether management strategies achieve or maintain the aquatic values set for ACT waterways.

Geographic location:
Various locations throughout the ACT (urban and rural areas) including Murrumbidgee River, Queanbeyan River, Molonglo River, Yarralumla Creek, Paddy’s River, Tidbinbilla River, Tuggeranong Creek, Gudgenby River, Ginninderra Creek
Research theme:
Climate Change and Sustainability
Organisation:
Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra
Collaborator:
ACT Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water
Funding agency:
ACT Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water
Main researchers:
Dr Evan Harrison and Prof Richard Norris, University of Canberra
Timing:
01 Jan 2010 - 31 Dec 2013