Enviro Links Design is a landscape design with an ecology based
approach to sustainable water management, linked with an awareness
of engineering factors.
Options to consider for each project can include:
- swales, wetlands, retardation basins, rock cascades and waterfalls for slowing of flow peaks and velocities and groundwater recharging offering natural settings, even in urban areas.
- careful plant selection with more drought tolerant species and use of bio-filters
- targeted redirection of 'off roof' or carpark stormwater into the landscape, not into pipework
- incorporate ground water harvesting and other xeroscape sustainability principles
- minimize use of water by selective irrigation design, favouring drip not spray irrigation, integrating rain or stormwater tank supply for irrigation reuse, and recommending soil moisture monitoring and water saving gels for demand efficiency
Two project examples are:
University of Canberra Innovations Centre
The building roof (2,250 m2) and carpark
(4,250m2) stormwater was discharged to rock cascades,
rock mulch planters and swales leading to nutrient stripping ponds
and a wetland attractively integrated into a landscaped setting. The
cascades are sized to allow use by the future Stage 2 buildings.
In March 2006 Enviro Links Design was awarded the Australian
Institute of Landscape Architects ACT/ACTEW Award for Water
Sensitive Urban Design (Institutional) for this project.
David Street O'Connor wetland
Enviro Links Design were engaged by the Sullivans Creek Action
Group to master plan two pilot offline wetlands for catchment
feeders nutrient stripping and sediment reduction. The long term
objective was to benefit water quality of Sullivans Creek and Lake
The adjoining City Edge development, to which we were the
Landscape Architects, effectively contributed to their environmental
charter by funding the wetland. Most City Edge stormwater, plus
adjoining streets and public areas, was redirected to the wetland.
It was a classic win-win situation, which assisted City Edge attain
Demonstration Project Status and numerous national and regional
awards. The Action Group also won an award for grassroots
An article by Jamie Dawson, Flowing
Together - The benefits of environmentally sustainable landscape
design for commercial projects, outlines a number of water
sustainable focus landscape projects.
Sustainable water management
principles have also been a design feature where appropriate on
Enviro Links Design golf projects for many years.
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