Lakes, Rivers and Streams Ecosystem Management

Elgin Associates provides high quality scientific and technical services relating to water quality issues, current experience and knowledge in estuarine ecology, and an understanding of the range of competing issues confronting land and waterway managers. Our services include:

  • Catchment water quality monitoring;
  • Flora and fauna surveys;
  • Assessment of contaminants on freshwater ecosystems;
  • Sediment quality assessments;
  • Assessment of stream health using Rapid Bio-Assessment methodology to survey macro-invertebrate communities, also known as AUSRIVAS – Australian River Assessment System;
  • Riparian and wetland condition assessments; and,
  • Assessment of artificial wetlands to improve water quality.

Recent projects include:

Melbourne Airport Water Quality Monitoring Program: Water quality monitoring and stream health monitoring at Melbourne Airport. For Australian Pacific Airports Melbourne;

Wimmera River Water Monitoring Program: Surface water quality monitoring in western Victoria to assist catchment managers on the river health issues that include salinity and nutrient runoff. For Wimmera Catchment Management Authority;

Beaconsfield Gold Mine Wetlands Assessment: Investigation of the performance of a constructed wetlands system used to treat mine water, tailings decant and town stormwater prior to its discharge into Tamar estuary. For Allstate Exploration and Coffey Environments;

Watson Creek Water Quality and Ecological Monitoring: Monitoring as part of catchment management efforts to improve water quality and environmental values of Watson creek, which flows into Yaringa Marine National Park in Western Port Bay. For Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Foundation, and;

Macquarie Marshes Ramsar wetland – Floodplain Vegetation Survey: Surveys of river red-gum health and understorey vegetation in areas of the northern and southern reserves using field protocols developed for the Sustainable Rives Audit. For University of New South Wales.


Elgin Associates staff are members of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA).