Rainwater Harvesting expert Brad Lancaster returns to Santa Barbara with his newly published 2nd Edition of his award winning, best selling book Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands; Turning Water Scarcity into Water Abundance, Vol. 1, 2nd Edition on Tuesday, June 25.
Brad’s books have always encouraged readers to turn water scarcity into water abundance by welcoming rain into our lives, landscapes and soils. In this newly updated 2nd edition, Brad updates real life case studies for harvesting rainwater, completely renovates the approach to seeing & understanding sediment flows, and adds more tools for harvesting rainwater and other often overlooked free on-site resources, such as wind, sun, and shade.
Rainwater harvesting is the process of capturing rain and making the most of it as close as possible to where it falls. By harvesting rainwater on the land within the soil and vegetation, or in cisterns that will later irrigate the land, it is possible to control erosion, reduce flooding, and minimize water pollution. This practice is enormously beneficial in a world with a finite supply of fresh water that is becoming increasingly polluted.
Although rainwater harvesting has been accomplished by humans in virtually every drought vulnerable region of the world for millennia, our society, until very recently with the help of people like Brad Lancaster, seemed to have a collective amnesia about the utility, efficiency, and beauty of rainwater harvesting practices.
Brad Lancaster is an author, permaculture teacher, designer & consultant, and co-founder of Desert Harvesters (DesertHarvesters.org). Brad has taught programs for the ECOSA Institute, Columbia University, University of Arizona, Prescott College, Audubon Expeditions, and many others. He has helped design integrated water harvesting and permaculture systems for homeowners and gardeners, including the Tucson Audubon Simpson Farm restoration site; the Milagro & Stone Curves co-housing projects. Brad lives on an eighth of an acre in downtown Tucson, Arizona, where annual rainfall is less than 12 inches. He practices what he preaches by harvesting over 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year, and with his brother Rodd, have created an oasis in the desert by directing harvested rainwater into a thriving landscape that includes abundant gardens, food bearing trees, and habitat for wildlife, instead of into the streets and storm drains of Tucson.
The evening talk & book signing takes place at the Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 East Anapamu St, SB, 93101, in downtown Santa Barbara, on Tuesday, June 25, 7:30-9pm. $5 donation, no reservations required. Co-sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Sweetwater Collaborative, the Permaculture Credit Union. For more information, please call (805) 962-2571, email@example.com.
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
We are the successor to the Santa Barbara Green Living Co-op and are now locally based. Our legacy is putting in water harvesting projects using a barn raising model, in hands-on, community-based workshops
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