All of the above approaches have a common element in that they strive to work with nature and maximise the wider benefits that nature brings. The benefits include:
- more resilient ways of managing flood waters;
- natural breakdown of pollutants;
- introducing new habitats or mitigating for those that have been lost through development;
- creating a sense of wellbeing for us all to enjoy.
The burgeoning global realisation is that to become resilient to climate change, we need to work with water using natural approaches to both supplement and, in many cases, replace the conventional engineered approach.
As environmental engineers McCloy Consulting have been advocating natural water management through our designs, providing training, writing guidance and policy over the last 15 years. We are at the forefront of designing with water in affinity with nature.