A spring raingarden update

I’ve added another entry to my raingarden diary today,  primarily spurred by (an old picture of) the raingarden featuring on the front cover of the current issue of ReNew magazine.  (I see that the issue includes an article by friend of urbanstreams.net, Peter Coombes, on the performance of the rainwater harvesting…

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Avoiding rather than offsetting urban stream biodiversity losses

Biodiversity offsets are a popular policy tool to atone for the damage done by land development. Trouble is, they often don’t achieve their stated aims of ‘offsetting’ the development’s biodiversity losses with conservation gains elsewhere.  The problem is amplified if the animals and plants you are trying to protect live…

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How much baseflow should be flowing down any particular stream?

Matt Burns of the WERG has developed a new tool that has joined the urbanstreams.net family.  The Baseflow Estimator can help assess how much water should be flowing down any stream (or drain) across the Melbourne region.  Matt explains…  For undeveloped, unregulated catchments, very little rainfall becomes streamflow. For example…

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No flooding here…

At the risk of sounding like a cracked record, I note that once again, summer urban flooding makes the newspaper, when not a drop of runoff has left our property during or after this afternoon’s intense downpour.  Our tank is now a bit over half-full, and the two raingardens remain close…

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Straight to the pool room

Many thanks to Yarra City Council for their commendation of our raingarden, and for a great awards night at the Collingwood Town Hall. Awards went to some amazing, inspiring people;  I’m grateful there was room for recognition of our little idea.  Here’s hoping it’s another step towards broader adoption of new…

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