January 17, 2002 Water Harvesting Workshop for Berea College (KY) students
Left: J-Bar across road to lessen erosion/ruts and direct water into vegetation.
Below left: Swales to catch rainwater in old roadbed.
Below: Triumphant late in the day - new water storage tank (recycled culvert) to store rainwater harvested from the roof.
Thank you, Berea College!
April 6, 2002 - a swalin' we will go - 3 students working hard, add to swale & water storage to keep west boundary from washing away.
Below left: 2nd tank in place - now where is the rain?
|May & June: 20 + days of 105 + temps and NO RAIN!!!|
|Tank # 1 begins to fill - .3 inch + ~ 20" (~100 gallons)|
|MONSOON 2002 - FINALLY! July 16 it begins - everything begins to come back to life!|
|Connecting to the roof and completing the plumbing as the clouds roll in!
July 16, 2002
|Tanks filled with rain water.|
|Rainfall collecting in front of the J-Bar and running off the road into the desert to feed the vegetation. Success!|
|In spite of encounters with spiny chollas & other varmints in the desert, students in several workshops have helped build swales to slow down the sheet flow across the land and benefit the existing and future landscape.|
|As part of the workshop students begin learning the principles of reading and assessing a landscape's water flow, basic water harvesting strategies, working with gravity and land contours, mulching, and plant selection.|
|Double rainbow and day's end - enjoying the benefits of the rains to restore the desert, beautiful in its extremes in temperatures and weather.|