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Ideanthro Ep 260 - Filter media for thriving bioretention plants with Jonas Larsen

10/29/2018
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In this episode of Ideanthro we continue our recap of the recent Stormwater 2018 conference. One fascinating presentation at the conference was Jonas Larsen’s presentation about bioretention filter media. Jonas brings knowledge of soil science to the stormwater industry and demonstrates a very obvious (and easy to fix!) reason why bioretention systems often fail to support healthy plants.

Duration:00:31:47

Ideanthro Ep 259 - Stormwater offsets with Brad Dalrymple

10/22/2018
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In this episode we sit down with Brad Dalrymple for a wide ranging conversation that starts with his paper about Stormwater Offsets at the recent Stormwater 2018 conference. The conversation goes… well… many places.

Duration:00:44:16

Ideanthro Ep 258 - Stormwater 2018 - Our seven favourite things

10/15/2018
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Hi there, We recently returned from the Stormwater 2018 conference. This might sound funny, but we didn’t really have many expectations going in. Not low expectations, we just didn’t think much about it in the lead up. However it turned out to be a great conference. In this episode we discuss our 7 favourite things from Stormwater 2018. The follow is a list of links relevant to the episode: Regarding Brad Dalrymple’s presentation about stormwater offsets: * Keep an eye out of episode...

Duration:00:21:15

Ideanthro Ep 257 - Thats like WSUD - Process

10/2/2018
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Time for another 'That's Like WSUD' episode of Ideanthro; where we take a concept that we have come across and relate it back to water sensitive urban design. In this episode, we're inspired by something that we heard at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects' recent event 'Conversations with Elders'. We're then surprised to realise it sounds very much like something we heard from a very different source!

Duration:00:11:53

Ideanthro Ep 257 - Mediocrity

10/1/2018
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Mediocrity. On today’s episode we discuss a trend that we see over and over in the waterway health industry. In the short term, perhaps it delivers acceptable outcomes. In the long term it leads to mediocrity. It starts with a statement like “and the biggest threat to waterway health is…”

Duration:00:10:52

Ideanthro Ep 256 - Fascinating bioretention and a friend

9/25/2018
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So… it turns out that these bioretention systems have grown themselves a mini-series here on Ideanthro. We’re talking about it again. Today we’re joined by Hermann Paulenz. Hermann watched the first two episodes about this bioretention system and he and I got into an interesting conversation in the comments on YouTube and LinkedIn. So interesting in fact that we figured that we should make a time to chat in person. That chat is what you see here. In this episode, we discuss recent things...

Duration:00:46:17

Ideanthro Ep 255 - The bioretention that continues to fascinate

9/10/2018
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Today we have a viewer question. Our question comes from Dan Robson. You might remember Dan from episode 160 when he applied his horticultural knowledge to bioretention systems. Dan’s question pertains to the last episode of Ideanthro (where we investigated a fascinating site with fix bioretention systems in series on a pseudo-natural channel). Dan asks whether sediment forebays or lower overflow weirs would have help prevent the sediment issues at this site.

Duration:00:13:28

Ideanthro Ep 254 - The most fascinating bioretention investigation

8/27/2018
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Five bioretention systems. One creek. Many weeds. A mysterious source of sediment. Direct to your computer, we bring to you, our most fascinating ever bioretention investigation.

Duration:00:21:20

Ideanthro Ep 253 - Bicycles and WSUD

8/20/2018
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In this episode, a look at a bioretention system adopted and adapted by the community. What are your thoughts?

Duration:00:03:42

Ideanthro Ep 252 - More animals in bioretention

8/13/2018
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In this episode. A bioretention system. A lizard. A tree.

Duration:00:01:58

Ideanthro Ep 251 - Sunlight plus water equals moss

8/6/2018
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Moss in bioretention. It's a topic we have explored a few times recently (Episodes 171, 172 and 243) Over that time we have pieced together a detailed understanding of how and when it grows in bioretention. It today's episode we find the perfect demonstration of this at play.

Duration:00:07:30

Ideanthro Ep 250 - Thats not a bioretention plant and thats ok

7/30/2018
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On today's episode Steph Brown shows us a bioretention system where the plants don't fit the typical mould. We're talking about a well integrated system in a mixed use development with ornamental species.

Duration:00:12:42

Ideanthro Ep 249 - How to monitor stormwater treatment devices

7/19/2018
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Monitoring the performance of stormwater treatment devices. It's about time we got to this topic in detail (we did touch on it briefly in Episode 185 - An Old Test). On the surface, monitoring the performance of stormwater treatment devices seems simply. Unfortunately it isn't. That's a pit, because it's an important topic. However a little knowledge about monitoring can guide us a long way. In this episode, Darren Drapper joins us to discuss the ins and outs of how to monitor stormwater...

Duration:00:37:33

Ideanthro Ep 248 - Zero additional maintenance WSUD 4

7/11/2018
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Making WSUD affordable. In our opinion it has to be one of the highest priorities for water sensitive urban design at present. To date, one of the best attempts at this has been Manningham City Council's Zero Additional Maintenance (ZAM) WSUD bioretention systems. We have spoken about these previously here and here. In this episode we catch up with Simon Brink from Manningham City Council and Harsha Fowdar from Monash University to discuss the latest ZAM WSUD news; specifically, recent...

Duration:00:29:57

Ideanthro Ep 247 - Thats like WSUD - Dan Pink and timing

7/2/2018
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Time for another 'That's like WSUD' episode. In his book When, author Dan Pink describes work by Lisa Khan that investigates the relationship between when people graduate and how far up the corporate ladder they climb. Long story short, the strength of the market at the time of graduation makes a big difference. Inspired by this we ask, "does the perception of WSUD at the time someone enters the stormwater industry affect how they relate to the concept throughout their career. Spoiler... we...

Duration:00:08:27

Ideanthro Ep 246 - Breaking the cycle of water and complexity

6/25/2018
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You've probably seen the transition to a water sensitive city diagram from Rebekah Brown. In this episode we use it to explain an idea. We hypothesise that water management in our cities is becoming increasingly complex. We propose that this is a problem that can guide our future water sensitive urban design efforts.

Duration:00:21:50

Ideanthro Ep 245 - Thats like WSUD - Simplicity after complexity

6/18/2018
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Today's episode is inspired by an almost 'passing' comment that Frank Blake (former CEO of Home Depot) made in an interview with Tim Ferriss. Frank explained how, whether in business, sport or life in general, we should be seeking to find the simplicity on the other side of complexity. In this episode we take that concept and relate it back to water sensitive urban design.

Duration:00:15:40

Ideanthro Ep 244 - No longer so bad bioretention

6/11/2018
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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.

Duration:00:10:22

Ideanthro Ep 243 - Shedding light on algae in bioretention

6/4/2018
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Back in episode 172 we identified shade and leaf drop as ways to stop algae and moss from growing in bioretention systems. Today, we show this at work in a slightly different environment.

Duration:00:05:29