Assessing sediment quality in a local coastal waterway

Kananook Creek in Frankston has been the subject of consistent complaints regarding poor water quality and the unsightly accumulation of fine black sediment. Resident complaints have centred on excessive accumulation of dark-shaded sediment, associated with reports of unpleasant odours and perceived pollution.

This investigation aimed to:

  • Locate reaches within the creek with accumulations of dark-shaded sediment associated with resident concerns about amenity of the creek.

  • Measure sediment quality through a combination of chemical and biological methods.

  • Determine stormwater quality by assessing suspended particles within subterranean drains for contaminant levels and particle volumes

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