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)
1. Helping people take action at a local level to improve urban waterways and coastal environments
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. If you would like to get regular information on Catchment to Coast please contact Water Strategy
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.
2. Support for community awareness of catchment to coast issues through working with existing education, science and community networks
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 such as the Raingardens provided through subprojects 3 and 5.
Information on how to prevent stormwater pollution for both the homeowner and businesses is also provided on the EPA website.
Water Sensitive SA 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 sub project.
3. 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 of Water Sensitive Urban Design, specifically bio filtration Raingardens. This includes the provision of case studies and an interactive map on the Water Sensitive SA website.
Demonstration site Randolph Avenue, Fullarton
4. Working with the Aboriginal people of the Adelaide region to promote cultural connections to water quality improvement
The EPA have employed a person to engage with Kaurna are looking to build 3 raingardens in the Adelaide region at culturally significant sites. We are also asking applicants for subproject 5 to ask about the cultural significance of sites when looking at content for interpretive signage for our WSUD sites.
5. 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
6. 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
• Drain 18 water quality monitoring with Uni of SA
• Conceptual model development for Adelaide coastal waters
• Stormwater Audit 2013 & 2104 data comparison with
2013 report done for ACWS
• Support of Uni 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|