With increasing urbanisation, landscaped areas are dwindling with more and more hardstand being added to the spreading concrete jungles. Walk down most inner Sydney suburbs and grassy patches are a rare sight.


All of this hardstand area only adds to the stormwater runoff generated during a storm, with efficient guttering and downpipes taking stormwater downstream where it enters receiving waterways, taking with it fine sediments and various types of nutrients and pollutants.


Prior to urbanisation, when water was treasured, stormwater runoff had the opportunity to infiltrate into the land, increasing soil fertility, accommodating plant grown and contributing to the wider ecosystem.


There is a way to reconnect this disconnected system between water and the land.


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by Leonid Bronfentrinker | SOURCEABLE