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Step 5: Implement

Things to think about

  • Before work starts, check the long term and short term weather forecasts. There is nothing fun about watching hard work get washed away and any associated sediment entering the river system.
  • When planning, especially if using machinery, make sure other resources or equipment needed ready on site. This saves time and money!
  • Remember workplace health and safety.
Rehabilitation of eroded high flow gully Photo by Cathy Ellis

Quick facts

End product?
A fully-functioning system that can support itself, with minimal maintenance and input required. But most rehabilitated sites will require some maintenance, so don't forget to plan for it.

Once the planning is completed it is time to get out there, start work and get hands dirty. Although it may seem excessive, detailed forward planning will save you time and money.

Even with simple rehabilitation projects there are numerous decisions and tasks to consider. Checklists are a useful way of making sure important steps are not forgotten and everyone knows what is happening. Also don't forget about site safety and undertake a risk assessment before works start.

There is nearly always something missed or more materials needed but the better planned the easier the work will be to complete.

  • Machinery on site? Are there plans to guide the driver?
  • Have the position of the utilities been checked e.g. water pipes are?
  • Are the resources to be used on site e.g. geofabrics may be need to be placed under rocks do you have enough geofabric on site ready to go, do you have the correct pegs to go with that fabric.
  • Are appropriate erosion control measures in place e.g. temporary sediment fences?
  • Have you got all your permits? Make sure you are meeting all the requirements, e.g. notifications, signage, set-backs etc.

Last updated: 10 September 2018

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Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2018) Step 5: Implement, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 May 2021. Available at:

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