Catchment to Coast (metropolitan Adelaide)
Catchment to Coast focus for water quality improvement across urban Adelaide is a 5-year project funded through the Australian Government National Landcare Programme.
The project is focused on facilitation of community engagement to improve coastal water quality at catchment, sub-catchment and local scale across the Adelaide region.
Building community capacity for water quality improvement is the main strategy for this project, and it involves on ground action, signage at specific sites and some monitoring to inform managers of stormwater on how to best reduce sediment, coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and nutrient loads from stormwater in the Adelaide region.
Through 6 sub-projects Catchment to Coast will contribute towards improving Adelaide's urban waterways and coastal waters through implementation of strategies 1, 3, 4 and 8 in the Australian Government funded Adelaide Coastal Water Quality Improvement Plan (ACWQIP)
Taking action at a local level
Focusing initially on infrastructure managers, developers, and local government the EPA will provide information on the appropriate scale of action needed to improve water quality in urban waterways and along our coast. The EPA will then, using the information garnered from monitoring and technical knowledge from these groups, provide information to the broader Adelaide community through holding specific practitioner training, community workshops, urban days and field trips.
In addition the EPA will hold regular steering group meetings with membership from SA Conservation Council, Recreational Fishing SA, SA Water, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (including the Natural Resource Management Board for the Adelaide Mount Lofty area), as well as several local councils within the project area.
If you would like to get regular information on Catchment to Coast please email.
Support for community awareness
The Marine Discovery Centre are focusing on Catchment to Coast education at their Henley beach site through interactive displays and multi media information.
The EPA is working on citizen science water quality monitoring projects so the community can play a greater role in monitoring and understanding water quality issues in Adelaide’s urban waterways and coastal waters.
The EPA will also promote awareness by providing informative signage at highly visible locations, principally locations that feature water sensitive urban design (WSUD) such as the rain gardens provided through subprojects 3 and 5.
The EPA is also supporting Water Sensitive SA in providing information and training through its program. The WSSA website has an interactive map of all WSUD sites across South Australia and publishes detailed case study information sheets for the demonstration sites on Rankine Street and Brooker Terrace in Mile End, on the corner of Gilbert, Wright and Russell St in Adelaide, and Randolph Avenue in Fullarton.
WSSA is a capacity building program that provides stakeholders across all disciplines within the development and urban water management industries with the support they need to achieve the best water sensitive urban design outcomes. They give these professionals access to the latest WSUD information and training on know how to apply it properly, providing the support they need to achieve the best water sensitive urban design (WSUD) outcomes. WSSA fits under this subproject.
Developing water sensitive urban design (WSUD) demonstration sites
The EPA has partnered with the City of West Torrens, Adelaide City Council and the City of Unley to build several demonstration sites, specifically bio-filtration rain gardens. This includes the provision of case studies and an interactive map on the Water Sensitive SA website.
Demonstration site Randolph Avenue, Fullarton
Working with the Aboriginal people to promote cultural connections
The EPA has a staff member engaging with the Kaurna people to build 3 rain gardens in the Adelaide region at culturally significant sites. We are also seeking advice on the cultural significance of sites when looking at content for interpretive signage for our WSUD sites.
Rain Garden 500
|Rain Garden 500 is a 3-year grant program
where local councils, community groups,
schools, sports clubs, or a group of motivated
individuals can apply for funding to build a
rain garden in the Adelaide Region.
For more information on rain gardens and
how to apply to build one please go to
the Rain Garden 500 page
Rain Garden Tarragon St, Mile End
Monitoring across catchments and sub-catchments in Adelaide
The aim of this subproject is to have better informed stormwater management in the future through monitoring of stormwater across different seasons and sites to fill in knowledge gaps on runoff info to Adelaide’s coastal waters.
The EPA have several projects including:
- Gap monitoring of sediment from drains and catchments
- Water quality monitoring of drains with University of SA
- Conceptual model development for Adelaide coastal waters
- Comparison of data from stormwater audit 2013 and 2104 with 2013 report done for ACWS
- Support for University of SA PhD student monitoring of Treenet installations in City of Mitcham
We will also use the information collected to produce the Aquatic Ecosystem Condition Reports (AECRs) to look at changes in seagrass health in the Spencer Gulf along the Adelaide coast.
|Nearshore seagrass regrowth near Seacliff||Healthy Posidonia sinuosa seagrass with fruits|