"Despite some state government opposition, there is a great case for making stormwater resources that hit the ground on the property of local councils. This could incentivise councils to treat, harvest and sell water resources to industries or direct to citizens for non-potable uses," stated Grant Duthie. "If water authorities were required to engage councils, as the owners of stormwater resources, there would likely become far more incentive to co-develop WSUD principles."
"The genesis of this approach lies at the point where rainfall strikes an urban environment surface, where it can be captured via rooftop gardens and water tanks under a notion of retaining water as opposed to having it wash away," says John Argue. "Water which is not captured by these practices can potentially be infiltrated into the soil or be channelled through vegetated bio retention systems or rainwater gardens."
“This study explores the genuine desire to protect and enhance urban waterways through whole of water cycle measures having wide ranging benefits to community health and climate change resilience,” wrote Rod Wiese. "It is evident that ‘best practice’ falls dramatic short of effective waterway protection. Clearly, we need to manage volume and restore water balance pathways where rain falls."
“In considering the factors involved in global climate change, there is a need for increased attention to the role of regional, or small water cycles," wrote Jan Lambert. "Planning is required for all countries to permeate landscapes with rainfall and snowmelt to bring about the return of stable regional, small water cycles to aid in local, and ultimately global, climate recovery."
"We need to look at the larger catchment management issues and how forestry, land management and soft engineered flood alleviation schemes can hold back water in the upper reaches of rivers. We need to comprehensively retro-fit Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and require it to be used for all new building schemes," stated Sue Illman.
“Whilst sustainable drainage is a relatively simple concept, it is often communicated using technical jargon. This animation helps promote sustainable drainage by communicating the drivers, opportunities and benefits in an engaging way," stated Paul Shaffer. The animation explains how Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) replicate natural drainage by managing rainfall close to where it falls. It also celebrates the multiple benefits of SuDS .
President Xi Jinping has been quick to back the idea of "sponge cities". The Chinese central government pledged to provide billions in financial assistance over the next three years to implement green infrastructure so that the urban landscape in 16 cities will function as urban sponges.
"The Tank Stream is the site of a more-than-two-century-old water supply line, and an important piece of the city’s history. The brick-lined belowground channel is part of a tributary of Sydney Cove," writes Janice Kasperson.
"The concept of sustainable urban drainage was introduced in the city of Malmö already in the late 1980s. Over the two decades the new drainage concept has been applied in Malmö, the technique has gradually been developed and further refined. This applies both to the physical planning and to the preferences regarding the technical configuration," wrote the late Peter Stahre when his book was published.
A new publication by Dr. Peter Stahre, published in Sweden, tells how the City of Malmö approached the management of surface rainwater/stormwater in a very balanced and sustainable fashion. The is a great example of how the environment and the receiving waters can be protected in a comprehensive, well thought out manner.
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