Wildlife Sanctuary installs state of the art litter traps

Wildlife Sanctuary installs state of the art litter traps

22 Feb 2010

La Trobe University has begun the 2010 United Nations Year of Biodiversity by installing two state of the art Gross Pollutant Litter Traps (GPTs) within the Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary’s wetland system.

clean water and leaf Ecosol, the company that designed and built the GPTs, has installed around 22,000 of the water filtration devices across Australia and Asia and will demonstrate the capabilities of the Traps on the 22 February in conjunction with La Trobe’s Wildlife Sanctuary.

The launch will be used to exhibit the cleaning process of the traps and uncover and display the types of waste the filtration system will remove from the wetland system.

Filtering 100% of the stormwater that enters the wetland system’s two main drains, the GPTs emphasise the University’s continuing commitment to enhancing the community’s water quality and increasing local biodiversity.  

Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary wetland system flows into Darebin Creek.  Andrew Stocker, Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary’s Education & Information Coordinator believes the new traps will ensure a high level of filtration of large pollutants and oils from surrounding suburbs’ storm water.  

‘With fewer pollutants in the system, we’d expect to see a greater diversity of animals in the Sanctuary wetlands and downstream into Darebin Creek. The thing we must remember about biodiversity is that humans are a major part of it! So healthier water systems equate to healthier people,” says Mr Stocker.

Approximately 100,000 m3 of gross pollutants consisting of litter and organic material such as leaves and twigs and one billion general litter items such as plastic, paper and metal are estimated to reach Melbourne’s waterways each year. The GPTs at La Trobe will play an important role in ensuring the health of the wetland systems for future generations, according to Head Ranger George Paras.

‘Stormwater treatment and management is critical in sustaining the health of the wetlands.  The responsibility for protecting aquatic and marine ecosystems should be a major part of any human activity that occurs in water catchment areas,’ said Mr Paras.

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