Innovation through collaboration: improving urban water management for a reef council

Powell, L., Lim, H.S., Brown, I., Huang, T., Munksgaard, N., Randall, M, Holdsworth, J., and Cook, H. (2020) Innovation through collaboration: improving urban water management for a reef council. Water e-journal, 5 (3).

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With little data available on the quality of stormwater discharging from urban catchments to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), the driver for the Smart Catchments: Saltwater Creek project was “If we don’t monitor, we can’t manage”.

To do this, near real-time high-frequency discharge and water quality data are needed. A second driver was to make available, for the first time in a GBR catchment, near real-time water quality data for Council’s management actions but also for the community from an education perspective to engage them in water quality issues.

Working collaboratively with industry, community, educators and scientists, the project, led by Cairns Regional Council, fulfils a commitment to the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan. This paper presents a more holistic and effective approach to monitor and manage water quality runoff from urban catchments.

Item ID: 65043
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2206-1991
Keywords: urban stormwater runoff, water quality, smart technology, innovation, collaboration, educational tools
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This article is available Open Access via the publisher's website.

Funders: Australian Department of Industry
Projects and Grants: Smart Cities and Suburbs Program
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2020 18:42
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4105 Pollution and contamination > 410503 Groundwater quality processes and contaminated land assessment @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy @ 20%
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4601 Applied computing > 460104 Applications in physical sciences @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960912 Urban and Industrial Water Management @ 60%
89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8999 Other Information and Communication Services > 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 10%
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