The bioretention that continues to fascinate

The bioretention that continues to fascinate

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Hi there,

Today we have a viewer question. Our question comes from Dan Robson. You might remember Dan from episode 160 when he applied his horticultural knowledge to bioretention systems.

Dan’s question pertains to the last episode of Ideanthro (where we investigated a fascinating site with fix bioretention systems in series on a pseudo-natural channel). Dan asks whether sediment forebays or lower overflow weirs would have help prevent the sediment issues at this site.

Cheers

Jack

BTW - Want to learn more about bioretention? Check out our Bioretention in the Real World course.

Sunlight plus water equals moss

Sunlight plus water equals moss

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Hi there,

Moss in bioretention. It's a topic we have explored a few times recently (Episodes 171, 172 and 243) Over that time we have pieced together a detailed understanding of how and when it grows in bioretention. It today's episode we find the perfect demonstration of this at play.

Want to learn more about bioretention? Check out our Bioretention in the Real World course.

Cheers

Jack

That's not a bioretention plant and that's ok

That's not a bioretention plant and that's ok

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Hi there,

On today's episode Steph Brown shows us a bioretention system where the plants don't fit the typical mould. We're talking about a well integrated system in a mixed use development with ornamental species.

Cheers

Jack

How to monitor stormwater treatment devices

How to monitor stormwater treatment devices

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Hi there,

Monitoring the performance of stormwater treatment devices. It's about time we got to this topic in detail (we did touch on it briefly in Episode 185 - An Old Test). On the surface, monitoring the performance of stormwater treatment devices seems simply. Unfortunately it isn't. That's a pit, because it's an important topic. However a little knowledge about monitoring can guide us a long way. In this episode, Darren Drapper joins us to discuss the ins and outs of how to monitor stormwater treatment devices, as well as common pitfalls and challenges.

Cheers

Jack

Zero additional maintenance WSUD 4

Zero additional maintenance WSUD 4

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Hi there,

Making WSUD affordable. In our opinion it has to be one of the highest priorities for water sensitive urban design at present. To date, one of the best attempts at this has been Manningham City Council's Zero Additional Maintenance (ZAM) WSUD bioretention systems. We have spoken about these previously here and here. In this episode we catch up with Simon Brink from Manningham City Council and Harsha Fowdar from Monash University to discuss the latest ZAM WSUD news; specifically, recent research showing that multiple turf species deliver effective performance in bioretention systems. That is a big piece in delivering affordable bioretention!

In the episode Simon and Harsha refer to various ZAM WSUD documents available on the Clearwater website. Follow the link in the last sentence to take a look. 

Cheers

Jack

That's like WSUD - Dan Pink and timing

That's like WSUD - Dan Pink and timing

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Hi there,

Time for another 'That's like WSUD' episode.

In his book When, author Dan Pink describes work by Lisa Khan that investigates the relationship between when people graduate and how far up the corporate ladder they climb. Long story short, the strength of the market at the time of graduation makes a big difference. Inspired by this we ask, "does the perception of WSUD at the time someone enters the stormwater industry affect how they relate to the concept throughout their career. Spoiler... we don't have an answer.

Cheers

Jack

Breaking the cycle of water and complexity

Breaking the cycle of water and complexity

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Hi there,

You've probably seen the transition to a water sensitive city diagram from Rebekah Brown. In this episode we use it to explain an idea. We hypothesise that water management in our cities is becoming increasingly complex. We propose that this is a problem that can guide our future water sensitive urban design efforts.

Cheers

Jack

That's like WSUD - Simplicity after complexity

That's like WSUD - Simplicity after complexity

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Hi there,

Today's episode is inspired by an almost 'passing' comment that Frank Blake (former CEO of Home Depot) made in an interview with Tim Ferriss. Frank explained how, whether in business, sport or life in general, we should be seeking to find the simplicity on the other side of complexity. In this episode we take that concept and relate it back to water sensitive urban design.

Cheers

Jack

No longer so bad bioretention

No longer so bad bioretention

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Hi there,

Today we jam a concept down your throat for the millionth time. The power of creating bush land style ecosystems in stormwater infrastructure. In this episode we show you a site you've probably never heard of before and argue that it provides a template to rehabilitate the worst cases of unattractive bioretention and detention basins in Australia. 

Cheers

Jack

One way crossfall bioretention

One way crossfall bioretention

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Hi there,

Today we visit a streetscape bioretention system with a difference. The road it drains has one way crossfall. We take a look at why this can be a good solution.

Cheers

Jack

Front of Mind - Working across jurisdictions

Front of Mind - Working across jurisdictions

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Hi there,

Today we're joined by Blair Scott. Blair and I first met in about 2012. At the time he was studying for his masters of integrated water management. He completed his final project with Healthy Land and Water (then Healthy Waterways). These days Blair is a water quality planner with King County in America. Work across jurisdictions to achieve better stormwater outcomes is front of mind for Blair, and ostensibly that's what we caught up to talk about. However it was with about 20minutes to go that ideas really started flowing. We got onto the joint topics of (a) prioritising stormwater actions for improve waterway health; and (b) how our long term goal for waterway health has implications for how we do that prioritisation and the outcomes from it. 

Cheers

Jack

BTW - this isn't Blair's first foray into the world of online stormwater videos. He stars in King County's Stormwater Matters series (an example of which is shown below).

Front of Mind - How to spend a bunch of money on waterways

Front of Mind - How to spend a bunch of money on waterways

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Hi there,

Time for part 2 of our chat with Glenn Browning from Healthy Land and Water. In this episode Glenn describes four high level methods of prioritising investment in waterway management (i.e. four ways to spend a bunch of money on waterways).

In case you missed it, in the last episode Glenn told us about how a standard risk management course inspired his waterway management framework.

Cheers

Jack

Front of Mind - What risk management teaches us about waterways

Front of Mind - What risk management teaches us about waterways

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Hi there,

Today we're joined by Glenn Browning of Healthy Land and Water for the first of two episodes. In these episodes Glenn runs us through a framework for prioritising waterway management activities that he has been developing. I worked with Glenn at what was then Healthy Waterways in 2014 and I remember the very first iterations of this framework. Since then he has gradually built upon it little by little. In this first episode Glenn tells us how a standard risk management course helped to inform the framework.

Cheers

Jack

Front of Mind - Overcoming the challenge of urban hydrology

Front of Mind - Overcoming the challenge of urban hydrology

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Hi there,

Today we're joined by Emma James. Urban hydrology is front of mind for Emma. We discuss the importance of managing urban hydrology if we want healthy urban waterways. This isn't easy though. On lot practices might be a part of the mix. How do we implement hydrologic management at scale and in a cost effective manner. Join us for this wide ranging conversation.

Cheers

Jack

Front of Mind - Food and excess urban water

Front of Mind - Food and excess urban water

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Hi everyone,

I feel like I've waited a long time to have this chat. Our guest today is Kim Markwell from E2DesignLab. Food and excess urban water is front of mind for Kim. When I first began filming for Ideanthro in early 2016 Kim and I spoke about this idea. Fast forward to 2018 and we finally sat down to chat on camera. We discuss the different scales at which urban food production and beneficial use of excess urban water can occur, as well as the need to embed this thinking and practice within land use planning.

In this episode Kim mentions the following projects. You might want to take a look.

Cheers

Jack