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Workshop: Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Bioretention Systems


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Workshop: Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Bioretention Systems

  • Campsie Customer Service Centre: Level 2 Function Room 137 Beamish Street Campsie, NSW, 2194 Australia (map)
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Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Bioretention Systems

This one day workshop gives a comprehensive introduction to the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) “Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems”.

The workshop will guide participants towards key content in the guidelines including; what is a biofiltration system, how do they function and what are their benefits. Participants will also work through key considerations for design, construction, handover, operation and maintenance. The workshop will also debunk some of the myths around biofiltration systems.

Participants will also be introduced to other useful resources referenced in the guidelines including those developed by Water by Design (now Healthy Land and Water).

Workshop participants will:

  • Have a good understanding of the content of the guidelines and know where they can find relevant information.

  • Understand what a biofiltration system is, how it functions and what are the benefits of these systems

  • Understand the different types of biofiltration systems and the context that they would be used

  • Identify key considerations for designing biofiltration systems at the concept stage

  • Identify common design, construction, handover, operation and maintenance issues associated with biofiltration systems.

Who should attend?

Practiitioners seeking a better understanding of biofiltration systems including asset and civil engineers, development assessment officers, landscape architects, environmental officers and planners.

Workshop facilitator: Sally Boer


Sally is a founding Director of E2Designlab and an experienced urban water management practitioner well-versed in WSUD, aquatic ecosystem remediation and the design of stormwater management systems from concept to delivery. With a background in freshwater ecology and 17 years of experience spanning both research and consultancy, Sally enjoys sharing this knowledge through capacity building.

Sally is a contributing author to industry guidelines on Water Sensitive Urban Design and has presented numerous capacity building workshops. This has included the Bioretention Technical Design Guidelines and Bioretention Design Training Workshops for Water by Design, Queensland’s capacity building program. As active industry partners with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and the previous Facility for Advancing Water Biofiltration, E2Designlab has a focus on demonstrating latest thinking by putting research into practice. As a member of the Regional Advisory Panel for the CRC Water Sensitive Cities, Sally is helping to guide knowledge generation, translation and adoption initiatives. Sally was awarded the inaugural Urban Development Institute’s Women in Development Excellence Award – Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Creating a Sustainable Environment, 2009 as testament to her achievements in delivering successful on-ground applications of WSUD.