With increased pressure from urban development, water quality and ﬂow challenges into Lollypop Creek demanded the development of wetland pathways within these riparian zones. During the construction phase, the diversion channels needed to be stabilised in order to ensure that water quality objectives were not compromised.
In consultation with Melbourne Water and the civil contractor, Statewide River & Stream Management Pty Ltd was engaged to provide an effective rapid response solution.
Vital Bon-Matt HR was applied at a 10% dilution with perennial ryegrass seed to the bed and batters of a top-soiled 10m wide by approximately 200m long stream diversion, 48 hours before heavy rain required the diversion to be opened to avoid signiﬁcant ﬂooding on the development.
Vital Bon-Matt HR was applied rapidly using a Finn T75 hydro seeder to hold the topsoil and seed in place as the diversion ﬁlled at peak, the diversion was fully inundated (bank to bank).
When the storm water ﬂows subsided, it was apparent that Vital Bon-Matt HR had held the Stream diversion banks in place to the point where tyre tracks sealed during the application process were still visible and seed was germinating within 7 days in the tread pattern.
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