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Front of Mind - Engagement

Front of Mind - Engagement

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

Credit where credit is due

Credit where credit is due

Hi there!

In Australia, when talking about water sensitive urban design, we often talk about needing to achieve integrated outcomes with multiple benefits. Perhaps it is integrating stormwater with parkland. Perhaps it is integrating stormwater with streetscape landscaping. 

The irony of this is that we actually do a very poor job of integrating the environmental benefits of stormwater with the flooding and drainage arm of stormwater. This became abundantly clear when I recently visited The Netherlands. The on ground actions being taken are very similar to what we see in Australia (think bioretention, permeable paving and infiltration), but they're being built to reduce the risk and severity of flooding. 

So why is it that we don't give any credit to stormwater treatment systems for their flood management benefits?

Cheers

Jack

Making Amsterdam rainproof

Making Amsterdam rainproof

Hi there!

Amsterdam Rainproof is a program in The Netherlands working to make Amsterdam resistant to flooding from intense rainfall. While the primary driver is different (flooding vs waterway health), many of the on ground outcomes in Amsterdam are very similar to those that we see in Australia.

Recently, we caught up with Lot Locher from Amsterdam Rainproof to talk about how they are using water sensitive measures to mitigate flooding, and (very importantly!!!) how they encourage practice on not only new development (the easy-ish bit) but also in the existing streetscape and on existing private properties (super relevant to Australia).

Cheers

Jack

 

Dynamic

Dynamic

Hi there,

A couple of weeks ago the Flood Community of Practice hosted a workshop exploring the outcomes of The Big Flood project. We went along to see what we would learn. During the day, a theme stood out.

DYNAMIC

Cheers

Jack

Rain

Rain

Hi there,

Destructive though they may be, floods present an opportunity to learn about the function of our urban waterways and stormwater system in detail. In the wake of former tropical cyclone Debbie, we take a look at 6 sites in Brisbane:

Cheers

Jack

Keep it simple WSUD

Keep it simple WSUD

One of the important things to keep in mind when considering WSUD, and how it will evolve over time, is the interplay with other, established, fields such as flooding.

When you step back from WSUD for a moment, and consider its potential, it's pretty obvious that the potential is large. In my opinion, it is also possible to achieve that potential and keep the whole WSUD system quite simple. That's a good thing. 

However, the WSUD future is quite a long way off, and we're unlikely to get there in one giant leap. So instead, we take baby steps in the right direction. I think that's a logical approach, but there is a risk to look out for...

Cheers

Jack