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Online Water Harvesting Course Through Oregon State University

February 10, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Turn water scarcity into water abundance!
This course teaches you how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community.
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What Are The Benefits Of Rainwater Collection?

Rainwater is an amazing free resource. It’s more beneficial to plants than municipally supplied water and it can help:

  • reduce storm-water runoff
  • recharge aquifers
  • stop groundwater depletion

Harvesting rainwater can also help you become more self-reliant with water and lower your carbon footprint.

Learn Rainwater Harvesting

The goal of this water catchment course is for you to create an integrated, multi-functional water harvesting plan specific to your site and needs.

  • Define key rainwater harvesting concepts, terms, and principles
  • Assess a site for rainwater harvesting potential and water uses
  • Make strategic decisions about what features and systems to use for a site
  • Design a conceptual integrated rainwater harvesting plan for a site
  • Refine a conceptual rainwater harvesting plan with relevant systems details

Rainwater Course Structure

WEEK 1 RAINWATER HARVESTING PRINCIPLES: You will share stories of people and sites that are using rainwater harvesting to enhance their lives and communities.
WEEK 2 SITE ASSESSMENT: You will discover how to analyze the rainwater resources in your climate and on your site, as well as the water requirements that you need to plan for.
WEEK 3 WATER COLLECTION STRATEGY: You will decide what features and systems to use and the reasons behind making the best choices for your site.
WEEK 4 RAINWATER HARVESTING DESIGNS: You will integrate your rainwater harvesting strategies into a wider plan that also considers the sun, plants, soils, and more.
WEEK 5 TECHNICAL SYSTEMS DETAILS: You will refine the conceptual plan you are developing to bring you closer to installing the plan on your site.
Learning Formats
You will assess your on-site rainwater resources and learn to apply a diversity of strategies to maximize their potential. This expert-led course features:

  • video lectures
  • exercises
  • assignments
  • custom made spreadsheets and templates

The course also features the work of Arizona rainwater harvesting author Brad Lancaster. Brad’s best-selling-award-winning book Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Volume 1 is the textbook for the course. Brad is also the featured lecturer, alongside Andrew Millison, the course’s developer.
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February 10, 2020
March 15, 2020