A TEAM effort to filter storm water before it enters Port Phillip at Rye has been recognised with an “infrastructure excellence” award.
Before entering the bay, the water is collected in a foreshore bio infiltration basin, or wetland.
The project overcame problems involving sand movement, high tides, storm surges and high groundwater levels to naturally filter the stormwater before it reached the bay.
Benefits include improving the water quality and biodiversity and a boardwalk to improved beach access.
This project, started after talks between Mornington Peninsula and Rye Community Group Alliance, was paid for by the shire, the state government (Port Philip Bay Fund) and Melbourne Water (Liveable Communities Liveable Waterways Program).
Further details at mornpen.vic.gov.au/ryestormwaterbasin