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Urban stormwater: Public nuisance or precious resource?

Posted in Events, Research by land-environment on September 12th, 2011

21 September , 2011
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

Speaker: Associate Professor Tim Fletcher

Urbanisation results in major disturbance to the water cycle, with infiltration and evapotranspiration greatly reduced and the volume and rate of runoff greatly increased. Resulting pollution and degradation of receiving waters is one of the major threats to waterways in Australia and around the world. At the same time, water shortages in cities have resulted in stormwater being considered seriously for the first time as an alternative water resource. This presentation will focus on a new approach, which aims to retain and use stormwater within the catchment, rehydrating urban landscapes, and protecting receiving waters from degradation. It will present as a case study the innovative long-term catchment-scale experiment – the Little Stringybark Creek Project – discussing social, economic and technical lessons for stormwater management.

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Wednesday 21st September
Time: 5.30pm

Location: Lower Theatre, Melbourne School of Land and Environment building, University of Melbourne

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