Drought-Proofing California…not in the news

Posted by & filed under Design, Earthworks & Earth Resources, Education, General, Land, Storm Water, Surveying, Swales, Water, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

Digging our well-surveyed swales. I woke up this morning, put on my gum-boots and went out for a walk around our family farm in the rain. This in itself might not seem to be anything special to many folks, yet this was a 2”/5cm rainfall after several intense years of drought here in Southern California…. Read more »

Hey! It’s High Cold Dry and Windy and Doing just Great!

Posted by & filed under Animals, Compost, Design, Energy Systems, Irrigation, Land, Permaculture Projects, Plants, Storm Water, Swales, Water, Working Animals.

Trailer Only – See the full length video here Every now and then you come across climate that is not so user friendly. It’s in the High, Dry and Cold and Windy desert environment of Nevada’s high country near Reno. A place with many challenges. Sagebrush and horse trails dot the landscape. It is cowboy… Read more »

Experimenting with Overflowing Circles and Slow-Flow Swales (Panama)

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Irrigation, Land, Soil Conservation, Storm Water, Swales, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

The jungle garden I am not Bill Mollison or Geoff Lawton, they will both happily report; rather, I am but a humble novice when it comes to permaculture, experimenting my way through ideas, mimicking when I can, improvising when research falls short. And, it was somewhere in between mimicry and improvisation that I came up… Read more »

April 9th: The Day that Water Won! (USA)

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Storm Water, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

Water harvesting earthworks at the WMG Learning Lab capture water after a rain For one day, we have the opportunity to vote for sustainable water practices. We have the opportunity to vote for living systems — the very systems that permaculture is based on. Your vote can help fund the slowing, sinking and spreading of… Read more »

Saving Our Animal Friends from Garbage and Goo!

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Storm Water, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

‘Protected’ patches of land are the only spaces some creatures have left to explore, find food, and make their homes — away from all the angry traffic. But mucky rubbish flows all over the place when people put pollution into streams and rivers. Plastic, metal, styrofoam and other manufactured materials clog up our waterways. So… Read more »

Reversing Desertification with Gabions

Posted by & filed under Desertification, Gabions, Land, Plant Systems, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Storm Water, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

Trailer only – watch full video here! Gabions are rocks and small boulders packed into a wire basket to combat soil erosion on the side of steep slopes. But to Geoff Lawton, they are more commonly used to pacify storm water in a flash flood event and to build soil in strategic locations in the… Read more »

Dredged Up

Posted by & filed under Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Storm Water, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

Never mind the evidence, we’ll do something eye-catching. by George Monbiot For a moment that rarest of beasts, common sense, poked a nose out of its burrow and sniffed the air. Assailed by angry farmers demanding dredging in the Somerset levels, the environment secretary, Owen Paterson broke with protocol and said something sensible. Dredging is… Read more »

Drowning in Money

Posted by & filed under Deforestation, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Storm Water, Trees, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

The hidden and remarkable story of why devastating floods keep happening. by George Monbiot We all know what’s gone wrong, or we think we do: not enough spending on flood defences. It’s true that the government’s cuts have exposed thousands of homes to greater risk, and that the cuts will become more dangerous as climate… Read more »

Free Water (Video)

Posted by & filed under Irrigation, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Storm Water, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

Watch "Free Water" — a 3-minute film on the potential of urban water harvesting featuring Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond. It just got accepted to another online competition, and if it gets enough views/votes it could screen at the SXSW 2013 Eco Fest, which would be a huge boost for… Read more »