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...
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.
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.
In this episode we are joined by Simon Roberts from E2 Design Lab. Simon recently travelled to Copenhagen to participate in the Copenhagen Urban Lab. The event brought together six professionals of different disciplines for a week long intensive looking into a water challenge in Copenhagen. We talk with Simon about his experience during the week.
The way stormwater treatment systems develop as ecosystems over time is a constant fascination to us (and hence a regular topic on Ideanthro!). In today's episode we visit the Wakerley bioretention system (asset ID #B00028 on The WSUD Map). It is large. It has three cells. New species are popping up in all of them; but more so in one of the cells than the others. We wondered why?
Back in episode 164 we spoke about a challenge. The challenge of translating bioretention condition data into a coherent (and accurate!) picture of functionality. After a discussion with Carl Tippler a couple of months ago, we have an idea.
We can't seem to keep away from this concept of 'doing more with less'. In this episode, thanks to something that Dale Browne at E2DesignLab said to me, we remind ourselves that there is more to this than simply doing more with less. There is another possibility.
This episode is inspired by one of Alan Hoban's presentations at the 2017 IECA and Stormwater Queensland Conference. Alan delved into research that shows that raingardens 'loose' far more water than MUSIC (yep, that tool used so regularly in Australia) predicts. In this episode we explain why this is a potential game changer for how we think about how raingardens work.