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Earthworks are some of the easiest, least expensive, and most effective ways of passively harvesting and conserving multiple sources of water in the soil. Associated vegetation then pumps the harvested water back out in the form of beauty, food, shelter, wildlife habitat, and passive heating & cooling strategies, while controlling erosion, increasing soil fertility, reducing downstream flooding, and improving the quality of the water and air.
Building on the information presented in Volume 1, this book shows you how to select, place, size, construct, and plant your chosen water-harvesting earthworks. It presents detailed how-to information and variations of a diverse array of earthworks, including chapters on mulch, vegetation, and greywater recycling so you can customize the techniques to the unique requirements of your site.
Real life stories and examples permeate the book, including:
- How curb cuts redirect street runoff to passively irrigate flourishing shade trees planted along the street.
- How check dams have helped create springs and perennial flows in once-dry creeks
- How infiltration basins are creating thriving rain-fed gardens
- How backyard greywater laundromats are turning “wastewater” into a resource growing food, beauty, and shade that builds community, and more
- How to create simple tools to read slope and water flow
- More than 450 illustrations and photographs
|A hot, bleak, dehydrated environment that hinders community interaction due to its uncomfortable exposure||A sheltered and hydrated environment inviting community interaction due to its comfort, life, and beauty|
- Table of Contents
- Foreword by Andy Lipkis
- Bunyip Water Levels and A-Frame Levels (Appendix 2)
- Water-Harvesting Calculations (Appendix 3)
- **VOLUME 2 RESOURCE PAGES (APPENDIX 6)**
“Brad Lancaster has written the definitive how-to guide for harvesting rainwater. Much of this information has been near impossible to find, and we owe Brad a huge debt for assembling it so lucidly. These universal principles work not just in drylands, but in wetter climates too. This is by far the best resource for designing and building Earth-friendly, low-cost solutions to help us save our most precious resource: water.”
–Toby Hemenway, author of “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture”
“Everyone wants to ‘go green’ lately and, usually, the expression is followed by a plug for a new product. Brad offers a shovel instead, and directs you, literally, not figuratively, to your own back yard. We’ve tried some of the methods explained in this book, and they work. Even if you’re a lazy, mediocre, vagabond gardener, like we are, they still work. And if you don’t take the time to understand every technical detail so thoroughly outlined in this bible of rainwater– these methods still will work.”
–Shay Salomon and Nigel Valdez, author and photographer, “Little House on a Small Planet”
“Get out your shovels and dance in the rain! That is what Brad Lancaster’s second volume in his trilogy on rainwater harvesting, will make you want to do. This outstanding book provides an abundance of well-documented ideas and tools for sustainable living in your watershed. You don’t have to let wasteful, polluting large-scale water systems get you down! Get out, get wet, and become a positive part of the hydrological cycle!”
–David A. Cleveland, U of California, Santa Barbara (www.es.ucsb.edu/faculty/cleveland) and Center for People, Food and Environment; co-author of “Food from Dryland Gardens.”
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Winner, 2009 DIY Book Festival – How-To Category
Silver Award, Nautilus Book Awards 2009 – Ecology/Environment/Sustainability
Silver Award of Achievement, 2009 Garden Writers Association Media Awards
Finalist, Arizona Book Publishers Association 2009 Glyph Award – Reference
Pick, Southwest Book of the Year 2008 by the Pima County Public Library
Finalist, USA Book News National Best Book Awards 2008 – Gardening
Finalist, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award 2008 – Home and Garden
- ISBN 978-0-9772464-1-0
- LCCN 2007943019
- Published by Rainsource Press
- Distributed in North America by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (800) 639-4099
- 8.5″ X 11″
- 432 pages
- Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper
- Categories: Rainwater harvesting, Water harvesting, Landscape design, Ecology, Sustainable development, Do-it-yourself technology, Sustainable stormwater management, Erosion control