Category: Storm Water

California Drought Update. A Way Forward

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California’s drought woes are well known. One Central Valley farmer thinks he might have at least a partial solution: flooding. While most farmers would steer clear of what seems like a counterintuitive plan, Cameron thinks the ambitious scheme could help put “millions of acre feet” of water back into the valley’s underground aquifer. Doing so in the winter, when El Nino runoff is in great supply, can help replenish the […]

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Swales in North Texas Take on 2.5 inches of Rain and Perform Perfectly

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In this video, Jack Spirko, shows just how effective good Permaculture Earthworks are in capturing 26,000 Gallons of water from a “barn burner of a storm”. This morning we got 3 hours of pouring rain. Then this afternoon we got hit with close to an inch in less than 30 minutes, and it totally filled the swales and overflowed them all. To drive home how passive this water system is, […]

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Water Management in Urban Areas

Water management in rural areas has always been an issue of great interest. On the one hand, water for human, stock and crop use is critical to living and producing. It is also a major factor in the very visible degradation of streams, the creation of gullies and changes to the natural flora and fauna associated with streams. The common farm-scale actions of clearing, road construction, ploughing, (over) grazing and […]

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A Lesson from the Edge of a Canadian Highway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4evxn5o0jyU To see more videos like this visit GeoffLawton.com Recently whilst driving through Alberta, Canada, we stopped off on the side of the road to take a look at the state forest. A brooding mass of pine trees and a carpet of soft moss and mycelium. We filmed a video segment in the forest and were returning to the car when Geoff Lawton froze and looked down at the edge […]

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Drought-Proofing California…not in the news

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. I cannot express how exciting this morning has been for me as I was thinking […]

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=397RC11AYVk 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 country. So what on earth is a Permaculture teacher doing in such a windswept […]

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

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 with what I’m calling overflowing circles and slow-flow swales. I wanted to catch water, of […]

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Fernglade Farm – Water Storage Systems (Victoria, Australia)

by Chris McLeod Spring has arrived early this year. As I write this article, I’m sitting out in the food forest writing on a warm, late winter’s evening, supervising the chickens and pondering the future summer season. You see, water is a critical system at the farm here, so it is often on my mind.

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Waste Not! Transform Your Waste Into Soil, Water, and Energy

by Watershed Management Group Watershed Management Group’s newest video Waste Not! — featuring Brad Lancaster and narrated by Lisa Shipek — will help you rethink your urban waste stream.

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

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 sustainable water practices that have far-reaching benefits for communities around the world.

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Saving Our Animal Friends from Garbage and Goo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTLC-Wwbx9c ‘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 if you chuck stuff in the street you can expect to have to drink […]

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Reversing Desertification with Gabions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE0Nq-hz5YM 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 Middle East. They can even be used to reverse desertification in dry lands and […]

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