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Dear CropMobster Community,
The future of water is already here – it’s just not evenly spread out yet!
Are you a homeowner curious about water system design for your property? Are you a landscaper looking to integrate water systems into your tool belt of client offerings? Have you been curious about the details of permitting and licensing that goes into building water systems? Do you want a hands-on experience installing a system with integrated earthworks?
If so, you might be interested in this workshop happening NEXT weekend at the Permaculture Skills Center!
When: September 15-17, 2017 from 9:00am-4:30pm
Where: Sebastopol & Petaluma CA
Instructors: Brock Dolman, Erik Ohlsen and Sebastian Bertsch
This hands-on workshop will encompass site assessment, design and full installation of a cistern storage system plus integrated swales and rain gardens to harvest overflow. Participants will gain the skills to critically think through a multifaceted approach to reading topography, assessing sites and designing systems, including calculating runoff and storage potential compared to water use to select and size appropriate water harvesting systems from the many options available. Through the hands-on installation we’ll cover CA building codes, roofing material considerations, gutters, filtration systems, tanks, tank foundations, plumbing basics and the construction of a diversity of water harvesting earthworks. Everything we do will be nested in a larger framework of conservation hydrology – a watershed-based approach of ecological emulation, which offers the tools to fundamentally transform how we think about and manage our water resources, to shift from a paradigm of scarcity to one of abundance.
– Critically think through designing water management strategies that increase the life supporting capacity and resilience of landscapes and communities.
– Conduct a site assessment and calculate water harvesting potential compared against onsite water requirements.
– Design and construct properly sized passive water harvesting systems, which include pre-filtration, tanks, and integrated earthworks to harvest overflow.
– Assess your sites’ location within the larger geographical, political and economic watersheds to assess existing and emerging opportunities for rainwater harvesting.