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Sustainable urban stormwater management : water sensitive urban design perceptions, drivers and barriers

IGI Global, Engineering Science Reference
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  • 120505 Regional Analysis And Development
  • 120507 Urban Analysis And Development
  • Sensitive Development
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design
  • Low Impact Urban Design
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems.
  • Biology
  • Design
  • Ecology
  • Geography


Stormwater has been recognised as one of the main culprits of aquatic ecosystem pollution and as a significant threat to the goal of ecological sustainable development. Water sensitive urban design is one of the key responses to the need to better manage urban stormwater runoff, the objectives of which go beyond rapid and efficient conveyance. Underpinned by the concepts of sustainable urban development, water sensitive urban design has proven to be an efficient and environmentally-friendly approach to urban stormwater management, with the necessary technical know-how and skills already available. However, large-scale implementation of water sensitive urban design is still lacking in Australia due to significant impediments and negative perceptions. Identification of the issues, barriers and drivers that affect sustainability outcomes of urban stormwater management is one of the first steps towards encouraging the wide-scale uptake of water sensitive urban design features which integrate sustainable urban stormwater management. This chapter investigates key water sensitive urban design perceptions, drivers and barriers in order to improve sustainable urban stormwater management efforts.

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