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Upcoming Webinar

(Based on Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time)

Love our waterways

Date: Friday 23 October 2020 @ 12pm

Did you know that Blacktown has 262km of waterways? That is similar to the distance between Sydney and Canberra.

Our waterways are highly valued and important habitat for many species and they need our help to protect them – particularly from stormwater pollutants like litter, garden waste, and toxic chemicals.

Join us and celebrate Riverfest, an annual celebration of Parramatta River and its surrounding waterways. Join our free webinar and learn why we should love our waterways.

We will be joined by Brad Dalrymple (Principal Environmental Engineer at Ocean Protect) who will provide an overview of:

• Blacktown’s waterways
• how stormwater can impact the health of our waterways
• actions undertaken by Council to help protect our waterways
• actions you can take to keep our waterways healthy.

This webinar is for Blacktown City residents ONLY, places are limited and booking is essential. If it is booked out, your name will be put on a waitlist and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. If you are not a resident, please do not book.

We look forward to seeing you there. The webinar will be held via Zoom.

WSUD asset maintenance for new development – legislation, approval conditions & enforcement

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020 @ 1pm

In 2012, Blacktown City Council established a Water Sensitive Urban Design Compliance Program. A first of its kind in Australia, the Program aims to increase compliance with legal requirements for the management of privately-owned water sensitive urban design assets in the Council area. This webinar will provide an overview of the Program as well as a project that seeks to improve its capacity to increase compliance with legal requirements. It may offer important insights for local authorities in New South Wales and Queensland seeking to establish their own compliance programs and initiatives.

This is a free webinar provided in collaboration between Stormwater Queensland and Stormwater NSW. Attendance will contribute to the CPD of attendees.

Best practice design and management of gross pollutant traps

Date: Wednesday 2 December 2020 @ 1pm

Previous Webinars

Best practice design & management for the OceanGuard and StormFilter treatment train

The combination of Ocean Protect’s OceanGuard and StormFilter technologies are one of the most commonly applied proprietary ‘stormwater treatment trains’ in Australia. 

This webinar provides an overview of the OceanGuard and StormFilter technologies – their components, performance, and how to appropriately design, install, and manage these assets to ensure their optimal function. The webinar will include a short presentation by Ocean Protect’s Harout Tcherkezian, followed by answers to questions from attendees.

Stormwater treatment performance for a high flow rate biofiltration system at Western Sydney, Kingswood, NSW

Since May 2018, stormwater treatment performance testing has been undertaken for a high flow biofiltration system located in Western Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The biofiltration system uses an engineered filter media (Filterra) that can treat flows at a significantly higher flow rate than typical biofiltration filter media and the media is produced to strict quality control procedures. For example, the design drainage rate of the engineered filter media is 3550mm/hour, whereas a typical ‘sandy loam’ filter media has a design drainage rate of 200mm/hour. Subsequently, biofiltration systems using this engineered filter media can treat significantly more flow (and can potentially be significantly smaller, typically sized at 0.3% of the upstream catchment) relative to a typical biofiltration system (typically sized at between 1 to 2% of the upstream catchment).

This webinar provides an overview of the high flow (Filterra) biofiltration systems and the performance monitoring undertaken to date. The webinar will include a short (15-20 minute) presentation, followed by Q&A with attendees.

How SQID proprietors will exaggerate stormwater treatment performance claims via SQIDEP

Within Australia, the vast majority of stormwater industry stakeholders (including Ocean Protect) have been in favour of a national program for the evaluation and verification of stormwater quality improvement devices (SQIDs).

Stormwater Australia’s (2018) Stormwater Quality Improvement Device Evaluation Protocol (SQIDEP) describes a criteria for the testing and performance claim reporting of SQIDs and was anticipated to be the basis of this national program. Unfortunately, SQIDEP (in its current form) is recognised by many key regulators and other industry stakeholders as having significant deficiencies which, if allowed to remain without amendment, will produce exaggerated or over-estimated treatment performance results for SQIDs – and, ultimately, reduced ‘actual’ protection of the health of our waterways. Many of these deficiencies have been documented in submissions by key industry stakeholders to Stormwater Australia, including Stormwater Queensland and Stormwater NSW.

In this webinar, Michael Wicks (Technical Director at Ocean Protect) explains the deficiencies within SQIDEP, how SQID proprietors are subsequently able to exaggerate performance claims, and the associated implications to the design (and ultimate function) of SQIDs. This is anticipated to assist designers and regulators in their understanding of SQIDEP and alternative SQID protocols.