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.
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...
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).
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...
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.
I feel like I've waited a long time to have this chat. Our guest today is Kim Markwell. 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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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,...
Darren Drapper and Andy Hornbuckle join us to talk about their recently released journal article that shows residential and industrial areas in South East Queensland generating less stormwater pollution than previously thought.
In this episode we discuss the single most important tool that you should carry with you when inspecting bioretention systems. Heck, carry it with you all day just in case you have the chance to inspect a system while on a family outing!
In this episode we consider this picture on an open drain from 1960's Mackay. It was posted to Facebook by the page "Have You Seen the Old Mackay?" The picture is interesting, but the comments were fascinating and inspired this episode.