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Front of Mind - Swales, infiltration, high groundwater

Front of Mind - Swales, infiltration, high groundwater

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

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

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

30 more bags of filter media

30 more bags of filter media

Hi there,

In episode 216 we presented the results of research into bioretention filter media. In this episode we continue that investigation with fresh data looking into the relationship between filter media properties and the amount of water available to plants. The results weren't what we expected. 

The see the full data, visit our bioretention filter media research page.

Cheers

Jack