Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster

Table of Contents: Volume 1, 2nd Edition


List of Illustrations

List of Boxed and Tabled Information


Foreword by Gary Paul Nabhan

Preface to the Second Edition


My Rainwater-Harvesting Evolution

Who This Book Is For

How To Use This Book and Volumes 2 and 3

The Value of Rainwater

Rainwater Harvesting Through Land and Time

The Shift Away from Rainwater

Scarcity or Abundance

My Community’s Path

Our Path to Abundance

Questions and Answers about Rainwater Harvesting

Chapter 1. The Man Who Farms Water and the Rainwater-Harvesting Guidelines

The Man Who Farms Rainwater

The Eight Rainwater-Harvesting Principles

Water-Harvesting Ethics

2013 Update on Mr. Zephaniah Phiri

Chapter 2. Assessing Your Site’s Water Resources and More

The Hydrologic Cycle—Our Earth’s Circulatory System

Watersheds and Subwatersheds—Determining Your Piece of the Hydrologic Cycle

Calculate Your Site’s Rainfall Volume

Estimate Your Site’s Water Needs

Estimate Your Secondary On-Site Water Source—Greywater

Estimate Additional On-Site “Waste” Waters That Can Be Used As “Resource” Waters

A One-Page Place Assessment and How To Use It

Real Life Example: Living within a Dryland Home’s Rainwater Budget

Chapter 3. Overview: Harvesting Water with Earthworks, Tanks, or Both

How Do You Plan to Use Your Harvested Water?

Recommendations for Harvesting Water for a Landscape around a Home

Sampling of Strategies/Techniques

Overview of Water-Harvesting Earthworks

Overview of Cistern Systems

Real Life Example: The Running Rain Society

Chapter 4. Integrated Design

The Path of the Sun

The Seven Integrated Design Patterns

One: Orienting Buildings and Landscapes to the Sun

Two: Designing Roof Overhangs and Awnings to Optimize Winter Sun and Summer Shade

Three: Solar Arcs

Four: Sun & Shade Traps

Five: Maintaining Winter Sun Access

Six: Raised Paths, Sunken Basins

Seven: Reduce Paving and Make It Permeable

Integrating the Elements & Patterns of Your Site to Create Regenerative Investments

Tying It All Together: Creating An Integrated Design

Chapter 5. An Integrated Urban Home and Neighborhood Retrofit

Part One—Our Beginning: Realizing the Water-Harvesting Principles

Part Two—Our Evolution: Taking It Further With the Integrated Design Patterns

Part Three—Our Neighborhood: Collaborating for Leveraged Potential in the Wider Community

Appendix 1. Patterns of Water and Sediment Flow with Their Potential Water-Harvesting Response

Appendix 2. Water-Harvesting Traditions in the Desert Southwest by Joel Glanzberg

Appendix 3. Water-Harvesting Calculations

Appendix 4. Example Plant Lists and Water-Requirement Calculations for Tucson, Arizona, plus a Sonoran-Desert-Foods Harvest Calendar

Appendix 5. Worksheets: Your Thinking Sheets

Appendix 6. Resources

Appendix 7. Sun Angles and Path

Appendix 8. Wind Harvesting: Basic Airflow Relationships, Site Selection, Wind Pumping and Wind Power, Natural Ventilation, Windbreaks, and Snow- and Biomass-Drift Harvesting

Appendix 9. Water-Energy-Carbon Nexus




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