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Biofilters, living walls and wastewater

Biofilters, living walls and wastewater

Good day!

If you're anything like us you have probably spent your fair share of time around bioretention systems.

But did you know that there is currently a lot of research underway that is investigating how to use biofilters to treat wastewater and grow living walls to mitigate the urban heat island effect?

How about research into the treatment performance of ornamental plant species?

It's all happening. In this episode we catch up Belinda Hatt to discuss this research and more. 

Have you ever wanted a reason to encourage onsite stormwater and wastewater management. This research might nudge us in that direction.

Cheers

Jack

Urban heat and the water sensitive city

Urban heat and the water sensitive city

Hi there!

The relationship between urban heat and urban water is one of the most interesting aspects of the research emerging from the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

For years the industry has spoken of the potential of the water sensitive city to lessen the urban heat island effect.

BUT

It was hard to quantify.

However, things are changing. In the same way that a fundamental understanding of urban hydrology and pollution led to the MUSIC model, stormwater objectives and widespread stormwater management; research emerging (and soon to emerge) from the CRC will in the future drive onground action to lessen the impact of urban heat.

In this episode we speak with Nigel Tapper, Peter Bach and Kerry Nice about the CRC's existing research and future potential!

Cheers

Jack

Uncovering the economics of a water sensitive city

Uncovering the economics of a water sensitive city

Hi there,

Today we're joined by David Pannell to talk economics and the water sensitive city.

Water sensitive cities have the potential to deliver a whole range of benefits to society, however it's not all plain sailing. A large number of the benefits of water sensitive cities are 'non-market benefits'. This means that they're a bit tricky to quantify. 

BUT!

If you don't quantify them, it's hard to justify spending money on those projects, and hard to tell which projects are more valuable than others.

This is where economics comes in.

David and I discuss the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities' latest research into the economics of the water sensitive city. David outlines three key elements to consider when considering any economic investigation.

Writing a brief to assess the benefits of your project?

These three elements will help!

BTW - David has a cracking blog about environmental economics. We recommend checking out the series beginning with PD235

Cheers

Jack

Towards a water sensitive city

Towards a water sensitive city

Hi there,

Today we're joined by Tony Wong, CEO of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

The CRCWSC is more than half way through, and a large amount of interesting research has emerged. 

To help cut through, in this episode we ask Tony a simple question.

"Which two pieces of emerging CRCWSC research most interest you, and have the most promise as they are implemented in practice?"

Thank you to Tony and the CRCWSC for the opportunity to chat. Keep an eye out for the next few episodes as we speak with CRC researchers about the economics of water sensitive cities, the urban heat island effect and living walls, biofilters and wastewater.

Cheers

Jack