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Multipurpose Design for Fish Passage at Road Crossings on a North Queensland Stream

Australian Journal of Multi-disciplinary Engineering
Volume 5 Issue 1 (2007)

Abstract: The development of infrastructure designs to meet multi-purpose goals relating to utilitarian needs and the biophysical and sociocultural environment is a crucial aspect to the creation of sustainable engineering solutions. Practitioners and managers involved in infrastructure design for road-waterway crossings such as culverts and causeways, must now go beyond conventional design practices dealing merely with flood capacity, structure integrity and stream stability, to consider protection of aquatic habitat and, in many cases, provisions for upstream migration of fish. This paper deals with several designs for fish passage re-mediation on an intermittent stream in north-eastern Australia, where a variety of box culvert, pipe culvert, and causeway and diversion drainage structures are used. The multi-purpose planning and design requirements for development of the drainage crossings and fish passage facilities is discussed, and the characteristics of the fish-ways for various road crossing and stream types are described. Key points for multi-purpose infrastructure design are highlighted to assist practitioners and managers in meeting diverse technical requirements.

To cite this article: Kapitzke, Ross. Multipurpose Design for Fish Passage at Road Crossings on a North Queensland Stream [online]. Australian Journal of Multi-disciplinary Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2007: 13-19. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=422036206211395;res=IELENG> ISSN: 1448-8388. [cited 26 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Kapitzke, Ross; Source: Australian Journal of Multi-disciplinary Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2007: 13-19 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1448-8388 Subject: Fishes--Effect of dams on; Fishways--Design and construction; Culverts--Design and construction; Fish habitat improvement; Fishes--Effect of water levels on; Fishes--Migration; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Senior Research Engineer (Environmental), James Cook University

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