Great Big Ideas & Takeaways:
- Collect rainwater from the streets… before it disappears down the storm drains forever!
- Passively harvesting street runoff to irrigate food-bearing trees.
- Building simple water-channels with on-site rock.
- Foods you can safely grow and eat from street run-off.
- How to make simple bucket drip-irrigation systems.
- Tips for spreading water across your landscape.
- The 3 elevation zones that you need to harvest water.
- Getting community support for your water-saving projects.
- Dramatic BEFORE & AFTER photos that show you what’s possible.
About The Speaker:
Brad Lancaster is the author of the award-winning book series, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, and he’s the co-founder of DesertHarvesters.org.
In the Sonoran Desert, with just 11 inches of annual rainfall, Brad and his brother harvest about 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on an eighth-acre urban lot and adjoining right-of-way. This harvested water is then turned into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens, and a thriving landscape incorporating wildlife habitat, beauty, medicinal plants, and more.
Brad’s goal is to empower people to change their lives and neighborhoods by harvesting and harnessing free, on-site resources—especially water, sun, wind, shade & community!
QUESTION: What was your biggest takeaway from Brad’s presentation? Now that you’ve watched, do you see any local rainwater harvesting opportunities on your property or in your neighborhood?