Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 5 May 2022) . . Page.. 1384 ..
(6) The GHD (2015) data and report was a part of the Territory’s due diligence, in relation to the original Healthy Waterways contract, in assuring that the selection of catchments for water quality works was appropriate.
(7) Baseflow. Waterwatch volunteers are not encouraged to operate in high flow situations.
(8) The water quality monitoring data supplied in relation to Questions on Notice 175, 477 and 582 are from NATA certified labs.
Planning—water sensitive urban design
(Question No 693)
Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, upon notice, on 25 March 2022 (redirected to the Minister for Planning and Land Management):
What evidence is there that the Water Sensitive Urban Design code is achieving its objectives, that is, what testing has been conducted to ensure that the assets are still functioning years after being installed and that pervious areas are maintained and not covered in hard surfaces.
Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
The ACT Healthy Waterways program has invested in better understanding of the performance of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) infrastructure in the Territory (see QON232 and QON477). In addition to monitoring, ACT Healthy Waterways invested in research delivered by the University of Canberra which examined the water quality performance of existing urban stormwater ponds, and their responses to variable water levels.
The ACT Waterwatch Catchment Health Indicator Project (CHIP) provides an annual report on the water quality of ACT lakes and waterways, as the receiving waterbodies for stormwater run-off. Water quality reported through the CHIP provides important information on the effectiveness of WSUD implementation.
Environment—Healthy Waterways project
(Question No 694)
Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, upon notice, on 25 March 2022:
(1) How is the $30 million committed to the Healthy Waterways program being spent.
(2) What processes and key performance indicators are being put in place to ensure there is a measurable significant reduction in water pollution, rather than relying on computer modelling and theoretical outcomes.
Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows: