My raingarden diary in print

My raingarden diary features in the latest issue of ReNew Magazine.  Ironically, this issue (No. 135) is subtitled ‘The Water Saving Special”, while the biggest challenge for our system is to use enough of the large volume of water that our house produces. Even with the gardens growing amazingly over…

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A sad, avoidable, predictable day

Of course they are running the line that the 50 gigalitres that the government have ordered from our desalination plant next summer is drawing on our insurance policy (that is costing us something like $600 million dollars a year before they turn it on, and substantially more for the water delivered, while…

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The LUMaR tool

Walsh and Webb (2013) developed a new index of stream condition, LUMaR*, based on their distribution models of 60 families of macroinvertebrates across the Melbourne region.  The models allow prediction of the effects of loss (or gain) of forest cover and of conventionally drained urbanization on the occurrence of the 60 families.…

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A raingarden harvest

In today’s update of my raingarden diary*, I’m reaping the harvest promised by this paper: Tom, M., Richards, P., McCarthy, D.T., Fletcher, T., Farrell, C., Williams, N. & Milenkovic, K. (2013) Turning (storm)water into food; the benefits and risks of vegetable raingardens (Evaluation des performances et des risques d’un jardin de pluie potager).  Novatech (eds…

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The treeflap macro

I occasionally get an email seeking an old excel macro that I wrote (back when I knew a lot less about such things, and frankly, I still don’t know very much) called treeflap.xls. It is referenced in this paper: Rees, G. N., Baldwin, D. S., Watson, G. O., Perryman, S.,…

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