Developing a decision support system for the management of road runoff for water quality protection

The overall aim of this project is to present to organisations involved in environmental management, an innovative and cost-effective Decision Support System (DSS) for the prediction of hydrologic and sedimentological connectivity between roads and streams. This tool will be used by the organisations to minimise and regulate stream water pollution in catchments. The project is significant both in its application to a recognised priority environmental area and in the scientific advancement of non-point source pollutant delivery in catchments.

The outcomes of the project include:

  • New and improved equations for modelling diffuse overland flow and sediment transport from roads.
  • Implementation of experiment and model results into a practical DDS tool for catchment managers.
  • On-ground management guidelines and industry training.
  • Graduate research training.


Jan 2009 – Feb 2012


The project has linkages with:

  • Forests NSW
  • Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW
  • Department of Sustainability and Environment, Vic.
  • Territory and Municipal Services, ACT
  • Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, NSW
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council NSW
  • University of Melbourne
  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority

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