A word from the CEO

I am pleased to inaugurate the first issue of Baan, CAPIM’s first digital newsletter. ‘Baan’ means water in the Woi wurrung language group spoken by the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation (south central Victoria).  Our choice is motivated by CAPIM’s recognition of the Wurundjeri tribe as one of Australia’s first peoples, and as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and water on which we rely. I extend my thanks to the Wurundjeri people for allowing us to name our newsletter after the Woi wurrung term for one of our most precious resource.

2016 was a year of visual renewal and increased visibility with the redesign of the CAPIM logo and launch of our new website (, as well as the establishment of a social media presence on Twitter (@capim_uom). In 2017 Baan will reach your mailbox quarterly to keep you informed about water pollution research advances within CAPIM and beyond. We welcome your comments and contributions, to be sent to

I hope that you enjoy our newsletter.

Vincent Pettigrove

Research insights

Taking a fish out of water: How it can assist conservation efforts
by Dr Rhys Coleman, Melbourne Water
Intertidal invertebrate monitoring:
From treatment plant to birds’ plate

by Dr Elizabeth Morris, CAPIM
Rapid recovery: The benefits of restoring natural flow regimes
by Harry Eason, CAPIM

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A new membrane-based passive sampler allows detecting faecal sources of pollution
by Dr Ines Almeida, School of Chemistry

News & events


CAPIM launched its new website in late 2016. The website aligns with the University of Melbourne's branding, highlights CAPIM's research and consultancy activities, and increases the visibility of project and research outputs. To visit the CAPIM website go to:

Vincent Pettigrove is part of a delegation of University of Melbourne senior academics participating in a joint research program with Sharif University of Technology, Iran. The program will focus on the management of water resources in the Lake Urmia basin. More information about this program and comments by Prof. Peter Scales can be found here:

The Draft Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan (EMP) 2017-2027 has been released for feedback ( CAPIM was commissioned to conduct a science knowledge synthesis on the impacts of nutrient cycling, marine pests and pollutants on the environmental values of the Bay. To obtain a copy of the science knowledge synthesis, please email

The Victorian government released its response to the EPA Inquiry. Forty out of 48 recommendations are supported. Changes include an overhaul of the Environment Protection Act 1970. An allocation of $45.5M in 2016-17 and 2017-18 was made to initiate a 5 year reform program. To view the response and to find out more, go to:


Did you miss CAPIM 2016 Participants Forum ? You can access most of the presentations on our website:

Recent publications

Longmore AR. (2016). Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan Nutrient Monitoring Annual Report 2015-16. CAPIM Technical Report No. 74, Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Zhang J, Duke M, Northcott K, Packer M, Allinson M, Allinson G, Kadokami K, Tan J, Allard S, Croue J-P, Knight A, Scales P, Gray S. (2017). Small scale direct potable reuse (DPR) project for a remote area.Water 9, 94, DOI 10.3390/w9020094. 

See all recent publications on our website


Saving the Bay
A new approach to saving Port Phillip Bay’s biodiversity uses healthy reefs to save damaged ones.

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VIDEO: The State of the Bay
CAPIM Senior Research Manager Andy Longmore reports on nitrogen cycling in Port Phillip Bay.

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Three household products you could cut to help the environment
Some of the many pollutants we expose ourselves to daily are very harmful for the environment.
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