WET Workshop - Managing Constructed Wetlands and Floating Vegetated Islands

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Managing Constructed Wetlands and Floating Vegetated Islands

16 & 17 November 2017

Urban constructed wetlands are particularly at risk and can also suffer greatly from unplanned design and inappropriate construction. Bioretention ponds and floating habitat islands are becoming increasingly common but their poor maintenance and inadequate repair works also add to further degradation. Unless properly planned and timely actions are taken, wetland assets can quickly turn into a huge liability.

This two-day workshop will focus on these issues, highlight lessons learned from successful construction and maintenance, as well as demonstrate effective, practical tools.

The workshop will include field excursions to wetlands at Sydney Olympic Park and elsewhere.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn:

  • Principle and design of constructed wetlands, including bioretention devices
  • Floating islands for water quality and habitat
  • Effective construction and maintenance considerations
  • Fast-tracked identification of water plants water weeds
  • Water plant monitoring and maintenance
  • Best practices in managing constructed wetlands.


Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of wetland ecology and management.


View full program here

  • Date: 16 & 17 November, Thursday 9.45am - 5.30pm & Friday 8.45am - 4pm
  • Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre, Bicentennial Park
  • Cost: Registration Two Day Rate (including GST):
    General $770.00
    Concession $660.00   (Fees include: workshop, lunch, workshop notes and field excursions)
  • Bookings close: Registrations close on 2 November 2017. Limited places are available. Refunds are conditional

For more information email education@sopa.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9714 7888.

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