Practice Note - MUSIC Modelling of Bioretention Systems with Infiltration (3.1 MB)

July 2015

The “Practice Note - MUSIC Modelling of Bioretention Systems with Infiltration” (Version 1, July 2015) provides guidance on how to use the Model for Urban Stormwater Improvement Conceptualisation (MUSIC) version 6 to model bioretention systems that promote infiltration of stormwater into the ground (Figure 1).

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Guide to the Cost of Maintaining Bioretention Systems (7.3 MB)

February 2015

The Guide to the Cost of Maintaining Bioretention Systems presents the best information currently available on the cost, activities and frequencies involved in maintaining bioretention systems in Queensland. It distinguishes between the maintenance requirements of four specific types of bioretention system, and two planting schemes.

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2015 Water Sensitive Urban Design Training Program (1.9 MB)

December 2014

Flyer for Water by Design's 2015 Water Sensitive Urban Design Training Program.

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Living Waterways Booklet (2.7 MB)

2014

Living Waterways is a best practice environmental management approach that assists practitioners and government to deliver enduring, and affordable outdoor spaces which engage the surrounding communities.

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Water Sensitive Designs (5.7 MB)

October 2014

Water by Design publishes a range of guidelines to assist people to implement water sensitive urban design, but sometimes there are good ideas that just don’t fit within the guidelines. Water Sensitive Designs provides small improvements, new ideas, concepts and sketch designs for stormwater filtration systems.

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Bioretention Technical Design Guidelines (8.6 MB)

October 2014

The “Bioretention Technical Design Guidelines” (Version 1.1, October 2014) incorporates the most recent bioretention knowledge from research and on ground practice into a single, easy to use resource. It supersedes all bioretention references in the 2006 “Water Sensitive Urban Design Technical Design Guidelines for South East Queensland.

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Living Waterways Scoring Guide (7.9 MB)

2014

The scoring system details a range of ways to achieve improved on-ground outcomes using an illustrative and flexible approach and by focusing on places and communities as well as the treatment of stormwater.

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State of the Streams-Urban Waterway Management Snapshot (31.7 MB)

August 2014

This scoping study informs the development of guidance around waterway management projects. It presents the views of waterways managers, community and industry partners, engaged through surveys, targeted meetings, key stakeholder workshops and case studies gathered from various regions along the Queensland coast.

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Off-site Stormwater Quality Solutions Discussion Paper (1.5 MB)

August 2014

There is growing interest in off-site stormwater quality solutions (also known as stormwater offsets) in Queensland. This discussion paper will assist local government and the development sector to determine if off-site stormwater solutions are appropriate and how to implement them.

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Waterbody Management Guideline Module 3: Asset Management (431.3 KB)

October 2013

The Waterbody Management Guideline provides local government development assessment officers, maintenance and operations teams, extension officers and asset accountants with practical, accessible and relevant guidance on how best to manage and enhance waterbodies.

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Waterbody Management Guideline Module 4: Maintenance and Operations (3.9 MB)

October 2013

The Waterbody Management Guideline provides local government development assessment officers, maintenance and operations teams, extension officers and asset accountants with practical, accessible and relevant guidance on how best to manage and enhance waterbodies.

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Waterbody Management Guideline Module 5: Extension and Engagement (4.3 MB)

October 2013

The Waterbody Management Guideline provides local government development assessment officers, maintenance and operations teams, extension officers and asset accountants with practical, accessible and relevant guidance on how best to manage and enhance waterbodies.

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Waterbody Management Guideline Module 1: Waterbodies in Our Landscape (561.2 KB)

September 2013

The Waterbody Management Guideline provides local government development assessment officers, maintenance and operations teams, extension officers and asset accountants with practical, accessible and relevant guidance on how best to manage and enhance waterbodies.

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Waterbody Management Guideline Module 2: Development Assessment (1.4 MB)

September 2013

The Waterbody Management Guideline provides local government development assessment officers, maintenance and operations teams, extension officers and asset accountants with practical, accessible and relevant guidance on how best to manage and enhance waterbodies.

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Waterbody Management Guideline (10.8 MB)

September 2013

The Waterbody Management Guideline provides local government development assessment officers, maintenance and operations teams, extension officers and asset accountants with practical, accessible and relevant guidance on how best to manage and enhance waterbodies.

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Waterbody Management Guideline Overview (472.4 KB)

September 2013

The Waterbody Management Guideline provides local government development assessment officers, maintenance and operations teams, extension officers and asset accountants with practical, accessible and relevant guidance on how best to manage and enhance waterbodies.

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Urban Lakes Discussion Paper (1.2 MB)

April 2012

“urban lakes” which were designed and built to support new urban development. A growing body of knowledge amongst local government authorities (LGAs) in SEQ indicates that urban lakes experience water quality problems often leading to excessive algal growth or blooms, particularly of cyanobacteria. This is often a major management issue for constructed urban lakes and maintenance and rectification places a significant burden on LGAs in SEQ. This document provides a review of the potential effectiveness of manipulating lake retention times to reduce the risk of cyanobacterial growth in freshwater urban lakes.

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Rectifying Vegetated Stormwater Assets Guideline (4.3 MB)

February 2012

Rectifying Vegetated Stormwater Assets provides guidance on how to rectify under-performing or failing vegetated stormwater assets.

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Maintaining Vegetated Stormwater Assets (5.0 MB)

February 2012

This document helps asset managers and maintenance staff by providing practical and standardised advice for maintaining swales, bioretention systems, constructed wetlands, and sediment basins.

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Transferring Ownership of Vegetated Assets (2.1 MB)

February 2012

This document provides guidance on how to transfer vegetated stormwater assets from the constructing party, typically the developer, to the long-term owners and managers of the assets, typically the local authority or a private entity (such as a body corporate).

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Framework for the Integration of Flood and Stormwater Management into Open Space (1.3 MB)

August 2011

The Framework for the Integration of Flooding and Stormwater Management into Open Space details best practice approaches for integrating water sensitive urban design (WSUD) elements into multiple use open space.

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MUSIC Modelling Guidelines (6.1 MB)

2010

The purpose of the MUSIC Modelling Guidelines is to ensure a consistent and uniform approach to stormwater quality modelling and assessment.

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Total Water Cycle Management Planning Guideline (1.9 MB)

December 2010

The guideline provides important contextual information, the statutory framework and roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders for Total Water Cycle Management, and the key linkages between other planning instruments that are relevant to the timing, detail and rigour of Total Water Cycle Management Plans.

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Water by Design Capacity Building Program Evaluation (39.8 KB)

September 2010

This report presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the performance of the Water by Design capacity building program in South East Queensland.

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Water by Design Capacity Building Program Recommendations (157.3 KB)

September 2010

Th Water by Design Capacity Building Program Evaluation report presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the performance of the Water by Design capacity building program in South East Queensland. This document is the recommendations section from that report.

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Business Case for Best Practice Urban Stormwater Management: Case Studies (7.9 MB)

September 2010

To build the business case for water sensitive urban design in Queensland, and to support the adoption of the stormwater management objectives defined by the draft State Planning Policy for Healthy Waters (DERM,2009), the practicality and cost of applying WSUD at a development scale to achieve the objectives was assessed.

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Business Case for Best Practice Urban Stormwater Management (3.9 MB)

September 2010

This business case has been prepared to determine if the benefits of applying Water Sensitive Urban Design practices to achieve best practice stormwater management are likely to outweigh the costs for typical development types.

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Deemed to Comply Solutions - Stormwater Quality Management (5.0 MB)

May 2010

The Deemed to Comply Solutions - Stormwater Quality Management (South East Queensland) are accepted solutions for managing urban stormwater quality in South East Queensland.

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Construction and Establishment Guidelines: Swales, Bioretention Systems and Wetlands (9.0 MB)

April 2010

These guidelines provide a suite of resources to facilitate the successful delivery of vegetated stormwater management systems.

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Verification and Certification for Water Sensitive Urban Design (1.0 MB)

December 2009

This discussion paper explores the issue of verification and certification for the design and delivery of water sensitive urban design (WSUD).

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Stormwater Harvesting Guidelines (3.6 MB)

December 2009

The purpose of these Stormwater Harvesting Guidelines is to assist engineers and other professionals to plan, design and implement stormwater harvesting schemes. The guidelines focus on developing localised stormwater harvesting in urban areas — harvesting stormwater from local catchments and reusing it within the local community.

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Concept Design Guidelines for Water Sensitive Urban Design (80.1 MB)

2009

This guideline is intended to assist urban design professionals to conceptualise and develop design solutions that integrate best-practice urban water management into urban developments. The guideline is supported by a training course offered by Water by Design.

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Water Sensitive Urban Design: Developing Design Objectives for Urban Development in South East Queensland (14.6 MB)

November 2007

This report provides technical details of studies undertaken to develop a suite of proposed design objectives developed through consultation with stakeholders and nationally-recognised technical experts.

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Lifecycle Costs of Water Sensitive Urban Design Treatment Systems (1.3 MB)

November 2007

This draft report was prepared for Brisbane City Council, and presents lifecycle costs on a range of stormwater quality management systems. It is important to read ‘Chapter 4: Summary of Data and Recommendations for Use’ prior to using the information for planning purposes.

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Constructed Waterbodies in Urban Areas of South East Queensland: Maintenance Issues and Costs to Local Government (1.8 MB)

August 2007

This brief discussion paper summarises data on water quality and maintenance costs for constructed water bodies under the ownership of local government in urban areas of SEQ.

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WSUD Technical Design Guidelines (10.0 MB)

June 2006

These guidelines describe appropriate methods for the detailed design of some common structural stormwater management measures in South East Queensland.

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Strategy for Water Sensitive Urban Design in SEQ – Final Report to the Department of Environment and Heritage (2.7 MB)

June 2006

This final report contains an introduction to WSUD in SEQ, a summary of the major achievements associated with each project activity (as identified in the contract between DEH and MBWCP).

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