This report summarises the Monash University research outcomes for Project B2.2/2.3—Protection and restoration of urban freshwater ecosystems: informing management and planning.
Nitrogen management is imperative. Synthetically derived nitrogen and an increase in impervious surfaces have rapidly increased the amount of nitrogen in rivers and coastal waters. These greater nitrogen loads can lead to economic and environmental losses, so their careful management is imperative.
The CRCWSC has developed case studies to help build a body of evidence that can support and encourage the adoption of research outcomes.
These detailed case studies capture and communicate the lessons learned from the early adoption of research knowledge in real-life projects. These have been developed in collaboration with project stakeholders to identify the key drivers and innovations which led to the discovery of water sensitive cities outcomes, and to highlight the challenges faced during the process.
This is a water sensitive city vision and transition strategy for Bendigo. The project aims to develop tools and processes for bringing city stakeholders together to create strategic alignment and partnerships for transitioning to their envisioned water sensitive future.
This Discussion Paper proposes flood resilience initiatives for Norman Creek, Brisbane. It compiles ideas generated during a research synthesis workshop hosted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) and Brisbane City Council on the 16th and 17th August 2016. The workshop participants gathered to develop innovative flood management ideas and to consider how they might be applied in Norman Creek. The ideas were developed as part of an innovation process and have no formal status; further analysis and evaluation will be required before any are adopted.
Knowing what to do with scientific research outcomes can be tricky. But, by changing how we present research proposals or findings to government and industry, we have a real chance to influence policy making and industry practice. The fact sheet covers 9 principles:
1. Know what you want to achieve
2. Bring solutions, not problems
3. Translate the research
4. Find the business case
5. Communicate clearly
6. Have realistic expectations
7. Understand the policy making context
8. Find opportunities, and be prepared
The traditional use of water in our cities severely distorts the natural water cycle, consuming potable water for purposes such as toilet flushing and irrigation, whilst discharging excessive volumes of stormwater runoff and wastewater. Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) offers a new approach to urban water management, providing water treatment and harvest for reuse using green technologies such as constructed wetlands and biofiltration systems (bioretention or raingardens).
This guide provides critical information on how to design, operate and maintain these green wall and façade systems to maximise their water treatment benefits to ultimately increase the sustainability and liveability of cities.
This report argues that Townsville has strong momentum towards achieving its vision of a future water sensitive city. However, strategic attention is needed to overcome the social and institutional barriers that could impede further on-ground progress.
Two page info-graphic guide to a new Water Sensitive Cities Index tool.
The Index—developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC)—is a tool for benchmarking against 34 indicators that characterise a water sensitive city.