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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

Ideanthro Ep 242 - One way crossfall bioretention

5/28/2018
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Today we visit a streetscape bioretention system with a difference. The road it drains has one way crossfall. We take a look at why this can be a good solution.

Duration:00:06:31

Ideanthro Ep 241 - Front of Mind with Leon Rowlands - Erosion and sediment control standards

5/21/2018
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Today we're joined by Leon Rowlands of Switchback 48 consulting to talk about the Queensland State Government's "recently" changed erosion and sediment control policy and standards.

Duration:00:11:50

Ideanthro Ep 240 - Front of Mind with Blair Scott - Working across jurisdictions

5/14/2018
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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...

Duration:01:01:14

Ideanthro Ep 239 - Front of Mind with Glenn Browning - How to spend a bunch of money on waterways

5/7/2018
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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).

Duration:00:24:15

Ideanthro Ep 238 - Front of Mind with Glenn Browning - What risk management teaches us about waterways

4/30/2018
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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...

Duration:00:20:16

Ideanthro Ep 237 - Front of Mind with Emma James - Overcoming the challenge of urban hydrology

4/23/2018
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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.

Duration:00:42:16

Ideanthro Ep 236 - Front of Mind with Kim Markwell - Food and excess urban water

4/16/2018
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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.

Duration:00:33:52

Ideanthro Ep 235 - Front of Mind with Piet Filet - Engagement

4/9/2018
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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.

Duration:00:25:06

Ideanthro Ep 234 - Front of Mind with Amalie Wright - Swimming in the Brisbane River

4/2/2018
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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.

Duration:00:25:39

Ideanthro Ep 233 - Codesign and creek restoration

3/26/2018
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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...

Duration:00:10:55

Ideanthro Ep 232 - Front of Mind with Floris Boogaard - Swales infiltration high groundwater and heavy clay

3/19/2018
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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...

Duration:00:27:51

Ideanthro Ep 231 - Front of Mind with Alan Hoban - When new information changes the landscape

3/12/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:44:03

Ideanthro Ep 230 - Front of Mind with Darren Drapper and Andy Hornbuckle - Less pollution than expected

3/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:22:23

Ideanthro Ep 229 - To outlet pit or not to outlet pit

2/26/2018
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When a bioretention system is located next to a riparian corridor it's design can be simplified (and cost saved) by not including an outlet pit. However does this have a drawback?

Duration:00:08:09

Ideanthro Ep 228 - The animals that we saw in the bioretention that we visited

2/19/2018
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In this episode we look at the animals that we saw while recently doing condition assessments on bioretention systems.

Duration:00:03:52

Ideanthro Ep 227 - Our new favourite bioretention system

2/12/2018
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Recently we stumbled across a very nice bioretention system. So nice in fact that it's our new favourite system. Come and hear why.

Duration:00:07:39

Ideanthro Ep 226 - The most important tool for inspecting bioretention systems

2/5/2018
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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!

Duration:00:08:26

Ideanthro Ep 225 - Memories of an open drain

1/29/2018
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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.

Duration:00:04:56