We're endlessly hunting for more ways to save water in our home. But, when taking shorter showers doesn't seem like enough, and you're ready to move on to more hardcore means of conserving and managing water, it might help to consult with someone like Brock Dolman, the director of the Water Institute at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center in Sonoma County.
An article in this Saturday's San Francisco Chronicle profiles Dolman and his water management work -- which includes 50 to 60 highly-attended workshops and lectures on topics like rain garden building each year.
From the article:
Other planets have soil; what they lack is water. Disrupt the water cycle to too great an extent and communities fragment, governments topple, and the quality, abundance and diversity of life diminishes, Dolman said.
Attendees at Dolman's lectures learn how to install rain gardens and roof water harvesting systems, how to reduce sediment flow into creeks and rivers (which compromises fish habitat while washing valuable topsoil downstream) and how to mend eroding waterways. The Water Institute's signature four-day "Basins of Relations" seminar promotes collective action.
For more information or to sign up for a lecture, visit oaecwater.org.
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