The Regional Catchment Strategy for the Port Phillip & Western Port region
Monitoring and Reporting (Waterways and Wetlands)

The current condition of the waterways & wetlands across the region have been assessed (Method and Condition), and expected outcomes have been identified for their future condition (Targets).  Melbourne Water will lead efforts to achieve the expected outcomes (Leadership).

This section outlines the monitoring that will be undertaken to check progress towards the expected outcomes and how progress will be reported.

Monitoring

Melbourne Water will collect and manage data to enable assessment of progress towards the expected outcomes.  Melbourne Water will collect data about the platypus, fish, frogs, birds, vegetation, macroinvertebrates and amenity in waterways and wetlands of this area, and may also gather data from  various other organisations such as the Department of Environment & Primary Industries, the Environment Protection Authority, the Bird Observers Club of Australia and some community groups.

The data that is collected will be used to re-assess the condition of the waterways and wetlands in 2018 and the progress towards the 20-year and long-term outcomes.

Reporting

The condition of waterways will be reported on as part of a ‘catchment condition’ report produced every 3 years by the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority.  The report will include discussion of the following questions:

  • Is adequate data being collected to enable monitoring and reporting of progress towards the expected outcomes?
  • Has the condition of waterways & wetlands changed?
  • Are we likely to meet the expected outcomes?  If not, what changes are needed so it becomes likely they will be met?  Or do they need to be revised?
  • Does this set of expected outcomes provide sufficient indication of the overall ecological health and resilience of waterways & wetlands?  If not, what changes are needed?