Lower Yarra River Dredge Study

Environmental risk assessment of siltation dredging and dredge material management.


Client: Parks Victoria

Commercial and recreational boating in the lower Yarra River is constrained by siltation of navigational channels. Dredging operations to remove the siltation material are also challenged by restricted access and few dredge material management options.

Assessment of a proposed dredging and material management strategy included 3-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic and sediment transport modelling of the lower Yarra River, a stratified ‘salt-wedge’ estuarine system. The modelling represented the density gradients through the water column and the influence this has on the advection-dispersion of dredge plumes and resuspension of the bed sediments. The assessments demonstrated that lower Yarra River water quality objectives could be met during the proposal operations. 

Outcomes and Benefits

This project assisted Parks Victoria with a potential strategy to address siltation issues in the lower Yarra River. The outcomes may be used to support an approvals application to undertake the proposed works.

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