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Derwent Estuary Program Wins Award

Wednesday 23 November 2011

The first WSUD project completed under the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) in Tasmania has won the ‘Tasmania WSUD’ award from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

The first WSUD project completed under the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) in Tasmania, which used eWater’s music for modelling, has won the ‘Tasmania WSUD’ award from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

An initiative of the Derwent Estuary Program, the pilot project involved work to encourage the adoption of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) techniques to improve the overall health and water quality of the estuary ecosystem.

A number of sites from different locations around the Derwent estuary were selected and analyzed for their suitability for retrofitting and establishment of WSUD initiatives. Comparative modeling of alternative design proposals for each site was carried out to determine their relative potential to contribute to improved stormwater quality outcomes, with design interventions ranked for future construction according to their assessed level of impact and achievability within that particular context.

While relatively modest in terms of overall size and budget, the jury commended the project for its analytical approach and design methodology, which provides valuable insights and support for broader-scale application, and which highlights the value of evidence-based landscape design processes for building community understanding and support for WSUD initiatives.
 

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