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When nature started teaching

When nature started teaching

Hi everyone,

In this episode we visit an old detention basin. The first time I visited it was about five years ago, and it (amongst a few other things) was that start of me thinking about how we can mimic natural ecosystems in WSUD to make those systems more sustainable and easier to maintain.

Cheers

Jack

Nature can teach bioretention 4

Nature can teach bioretention 4

Hi everyone,

Time for our fourth, and for the time being final, episode in this mini series looking at how nature can teach us about bioretention systems.

This episode is perhaps a little looser than the others. A year ago a went for a walk in the high country in Victoria. I was surprised to find some very localised wetland environments. Recently I had the chance to go back, and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share some thoughts with you.

You can find the earlier episodes in this series at the following links.

Cheers

Jac

Nature can teach bioretention 2

Nature can teach bioretention 2

Hi everyone,

We are back for more bioretention lessons from nature.

Today we’re coming to you from Griffith Uni. I have been fortunately enough to guest lecture a few times out at Griffith’s Nathan campus. When you’re talking stormwater treatment, Griffith is a good spot to be because there is a really useful path through some bushland at the uni which demonstrates super clearly how we can learn about how plants grow by observing them in nature. We can them in turn take this lesson back to our work managing stormwater.

BTW – If you missed it, here’s where you can check out episode one.

Cheers

Jack

Nature can teach bioretention 1

Nature can teach bioretention 1

Hi everyone,

This is the first in a four part series (and honestly, there will be more parts in the future for sure) looking at what we can learn from nature about how bioretention systems function.

This is a topic that I am super passionate about.

Bioretention systems are natural systems. The more were learn from and mimic nature, the easier managing them gets. In this episode we begin by learning from where different plant species (Lomandra and Carex) grow in nature.

BUT

This episode, and this series isn’t about the particular species. It’s about the process of learning from nature. If we learn just about Lomandra and Carex, we learn one thing. If we learn the process of learning from nature, we learn many things.

It’s like the old adage. Give a person a fish and they eat for a day. Teach a person to fish and they eat for a lifetime.

Cheers

Jack