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 Harvesting Rainwater — and Lots More On-Site Resources and Potential
Turn water scarcity into water abundance! These books show you how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-, sun-, wind-, and shade-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 resource-harvesting and -enhancing 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, generate renewable on-site power, and create living air conditioners of vegetation that grow beauty, food, flood-control, and wildlife habitat. Stories of people who are successfully welcoming rain into their life and landscape will invite you to do the same!
Watch and read the American Oasis story about Brad Lancaster and others building on the region’s water-harvesting heritage and traditions:
Watch Free Water, a 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
Locals Promote Rainwater Harvesting In Creative Forms, an AZ Illustrated Nature video segment:
Check out Brad Lancaster’s interviews on NPR’s Morning Edition:
Read Brad Lancaster’s 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.
Listen to Rainwater-Harvesting Songs:
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Rainwater Song, by Leith Kahl, a.k.a. Desert Rat, Brad’s favorite banjo-playin’, story-tellin’ activist
Sing Back the River, a beautiful, bittersweet song by Petey Mesquitey about southern Arizona’s Santa Cruz River which used to flow year-round near downtown Tucson. To hear Petey’s introductory story to the song click here.
Dry River, by Dave Alvin. This video link enables you to hear one version of the song, but I think his best version is Dry River (Live) from his album Interstate City (Live) which he recorded as Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men. The river in the song is the Los Angeles River in Los Angeles, California.
We need more songs to build a smokin’-hot soundtrack to help motivate and lubricate the regenerative movement of working with our neighbors and ecosystems to enhance life and its potential within our communities and throughout our planet. Do you have a song(s) to contribute? If so, please send it to admin@HarvestingRainwater.com. Click here for more songs; we’ll be adding new ones as they come in.
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).
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