Rowers and restoration at Spring Creek, New South Wales

Tobias Wehr-Candler
Publicado: 25 Noviembre 2020
Última edición: 27 Noviembre 2020
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The Kinross Wolaroi School Rowing Programme launched a project to restore degraded land around the Spring Creek reservoir. The city-owned reservoir, where rowers from the school come to practice, is separated from agricultural land by only a small strip of vegetation composed mostly of non-native and invasive plants. These plants consume more water than the native species, further exacerbating the effects of ongoing drought conditions, which have reduced the reservoir to 30% of its capacity. Run-off from nearby farming compromises water quality, which is a problem for local rowers as well as for two endangered duck species observed at the reservoir. In order to create a beautiful, healthy area for sport and high-quality habitat for birds, rowers presented a restoration plan to the city council for support. Following the guidance of an environmental consultant and with funding from the city, the team hosted community workdays to clear invasive species from a section of the shore and plant native plants.


Escala de aplicación
Ecosistema urbano
Ecosistemas de agua dulce
Humedal urbano
Piscina, lago, estanque
Río, corriente
Actores locales
Adaptación al cambio climático
Ciencia y investigación
Especies y la extinción
Fragmentación del hábitat y degradación
Institucionalización de la biodiversidad
Medios de vida sostenibles
Mitigación del cambio climático
Incremento de temperatura
Degradación de tierras y bosques
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Especies invasoras
Objectivos de Desarrollo Sostenible
ODS 6 - Agua limpia y saneamiento
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
Metas de Aichi
Meta 1: Aumento de la sensibilization sobre la biodiversidad
Meta 8: Reducción de la contaminación
Meta 9: Especies exóticas invasoras prevenidas y controladas
Meta 15: Restauración de ecosistemas y resiliencia


Spring Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Impactos positivos

Removal of thirsty non-native trees has lowered the demand on the drought-stressed reservoir, leaving more water to support biodiversity and rowing activities. Urban river sites are often degraded, and improvement efforts like those seen at Spring Creek can have significant impacts on local biodiversity. To incentivise future sustainability and conservation efforts by the rowing community, the World Rowing Federation (FISA) recognises exceptional contributions like the Spring Creek project with the World Rowing Sustainability Award. FISA provides rowers with guidelines to emphasise positive biodiversity impacts in event and venue planning through their sustainability goals. In this way, the sports federation, local sports team, and host city can work together to support positive biodiversity outcomes. The project succeeded in mobilising the local community to undertake vital ecological restoration work. Future plans include linking the restoration work with school curricula and further expanding the high-quality habitat patch around the reservoir.

Contribuido por

Amelie Claessens International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Contribuído por

Giulia Carbone
Eric Ndayishimiye
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Robin Grossinger
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Megan Wheeler
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Erica Spotswood
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Russell Galt