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

Front of Mind - Engagement

Front of Mind - Engagement

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Hi there,

Today we're joined by Piet Filet. Engagement and community for professionals is front of mind for Piet. In this conversation Piet draws on his experience running the Flood Community of Practice to discuss how these sorts of communities help to drive better water management practices.

Cheers

Jack

Front of Mind - Swimming in the Brisbane River

Front of Mind - Swimming in the Brisbane River

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Hi there,

You might have heard about the push to make the Parramatta River swimmable again, but did you know that people once used to swim in the Brisbane River. In fact, a lot of people used to swim in the Brisbane River. Inspired by a picture from the 1930's of people swimming in the river near the Indooroopilly bridge, Amalie Wright of Landscapology joins us to talk and stories and community use of waterways.

Cheers

Jack

Codesign and creek restoration

Codesign and creek restoration

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Hello hello!

Recently we have had the pleasure to watch (and film) as a codesign process is applied to a waterway restoration project. What is codesign? Its probably easier to explain what codesign isn't. In standard landscape projects, you typically assemble a design team, develop a concept and then take it to the public for consultation. Codesign flips this around and consults the public early, thoroughly and honestly before any design is produced. 

Healthy Land and Water is currently using codesign in their Davidson St Creek Restoration project. They invited us along to film the process. 

In this episode, I share my thoughts on the process so far. If you want to see more, check out the video below that we made for Healthy Land and Water. Keep you eyes pealed, we'll be following the project right through to construction.

BTW - our regular Front of Mind series will be back next week. We just couldn't resist interrupting it to talk codesign while it's fresh.

Cheers

Jack

Front of Mind - Swales, infiltration, high groundwater

Front of Mind - Swales, infiltration, high groundwater

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Hi there,

Today we're joined by Floris Boogaard. You might remember Floris from that time in The Netherlands when we narrowly avoided being soaked in a storm.

Floris joins us to tell us about research that he has completed recently looking at how quickly the stormwater in wadis (AKA swales) takes to disappear after a storm event. Floris has dosed numerous swales in The Netherlands and even completed repeat dosings to investigate the effects of concurrent storm events. You can see footage of Floris's swale research in the episode or directly in the videos below. For a country that is largely below sea level and facing increased rainfall intensity due to climate change, this is an interesting application of water sensitive urban design to manage flooding.

Cheers

Jack

Front of mind - When new information changes the landscape

Front of mind - When new information changes the landscape

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Hi there,

The concept of water sensitive urban design might be more than 20 years old, but we have so much still to learn. Today we're joined by Alan Hoban to talk about how we as an industry deal with new information. This is definitely front of his mind. Should we embrace it and change? Approach it with caution? Howl heresy into the wind?

For our discussion, Alan and I draw upon recent research that shows that residential and commercial areas in South East Queensland generate less sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous that previously thought, as well as research showing bioretention systems 'disappearing' large amounts of water.

Cheers

Jack

Front of mind - Less pollution than expected

Front of mind - Less pollution than expected

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Hi there,

Welcome to the very first episode of Front of Mind, the series where we grab a guest (or two!) from our broader stormwater and water sensitive urban design industry to discuss the topics that are interestering, puzzling or fascinating them at the moment.

Today we're joined by Darren Drapper and Andy Hornbuckle to discuss their recently released journal article that shows residential and industrial areas in South East Queensland generating less stormwater pollution than previously thought. This paper has the potential to be a game changer for stormwater management. At the very least it highlights how much we still don't know about stormwater pollution.

Cheers

Jack

To outlet pit or not to outlet pit

To outlet pit or not to outlet pit

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Hi there,

In some situations bioretention system might not need an outlet pit. This is great. It saves money and resources. However is there a catch?

Cheers

Jack