Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster
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“Don't pray for rain, if you can't take care of what you get.” -- R.E. Dixon (1937) Superintendent, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Spur, Texas
As reported by American Rivers, development and excessive impervious paving in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding counties contributes to a yearly loss of rainwater infiltration ranging from 57 to 133 billion gallons. If managed on site, this rainwater -- which could support annual household needs of 1.5 to 3.6 million people -- would filter through the soil to recharge aquifers, and increase underground flows to replenish rivers, streams, and lakes.
The Best-Selling, Award-Winning Books on Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 2: Water-Harvesting Earthworks
Turn water scarcity into water abundance! These books show you how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community. They enable you to access your on-site resources (rainwater, greywater, topsoil, sun, plants, and more), give you a diverse array of strategies to maximize their potential, and empower you with guiding principles to create an integrated, multi-functional, and water-sustainable water-harvesting landscape plan specific to your site and needs. These books will help bring your site to life, reduce your cost of living, endow yourself and your community with skills of self-reliance and cooperation, and create living air conditioners of vegetation growing beauty, food, and wildlife habitat. Stories of people who are successfully welcoming rain into their life and landscape will invite you to do the same!
Watch “Free Water,” Andrew Brown’s short film on Brad Lancaster and the potential of planting the rain:
• This website’s video page
• The Brad Lancaster – Harvesting Rainwater channel on YouTube
• www.DesertHarvesters.org for info (in English and Spanish) on the harvesting and processing of mesquite, palo verde, desert ironwood, and prickly pear
• The DesertHarvesters YouTube channel to view videos (in English and Spanish) on the harvesting and processing of mesquite, palo verde, and desert ironwood
Read Brad Lancaster and Valerie Strassberg’s article, “Fighting Water with Water: Behavioral Change Versus Climate Change”
Click to download Fighting Water with Water: Behavioral Change Versus Climate Change (PDF format, ~435 KB). Reprinted from Journal AWWA, Vol. 103, No. 6 (June 2011), by permission. Copyright © 2011, American Water Works Association. Permission to reproduce this document is granted for informational purposes only and does not represent or imply approval or endorsement by AWWA of any particular product or service.
Check out Brad Lancaster’s interviews on NPR’s Morning Edition:
Listen to a rainwater harvesting song:
Click to hear Rainwater Song, by Leith Kahl, aka Desert Rat, Brad’s favorite banjo-playin’, story-tellin’ activist.
Peruse the bounty of free water-harvesting resources, including:
Water-related rebates and incentive programs in Tucson, Arizona
List of incentives and rebates for Tucson Water’s residential and commercial users, including rebates for rainwater harvesting, greywater harvesting, and high-efficiency toilets.
Rainwater-harvesting rebate, which can pay you up to $2,000 for water-harvesting earthworks or rain gardens (passive strategies), gutters, cisterns or tanks (active rainwater-harvesting systems), and even consulting and design.
Greywater-harvesting rebate, which can pay you up to $1,000 for a greywater-harvesting system installation.
Use these to make signs of your Tucson neighborhood’s watershed(s).
We are pleased to announce the fourth edition of the Raindrops Geneva Award competition: “The Best Poster on the Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting”
The Geneva Award folks are looking for artists – amateur and professional – to create posters showing the uses and/or benefits of rainwater harvesting. Posters can cover any aspect of rainwater harvesting, for example: domestic use, groundwater recharge, agriculture, or risk reduction. The artist should keep in mind that the aim of the competition is to make the general public aware that rainwater can be (and is!) an essential resource. The creator of the winning poster will be awarded 1000 CHF (Swiss francs). The second place poster will receive 600 CHF and third place 400 CHF. The best posters will also be used to help in the important task of promoting the use of rainwater harvesting around the world. This will include exhibitions in the Geneva area and further afield, as well as on IRHA’s printed media and website. Deadline: October 31, 2013.
For rules & requirements, submission information, entry forms, and contact information, visit www.irha-h2o.org/?p=2088.
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