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About Brad Lancaster
Brad Lancaster has taught, designed, and consulted on regenerative-design systems of permaculture and integrated water-harvesting systems in nine countries since 1993. He created and lives on a thriving solar-powered 1/8th-acre urban oasis in downtown Tucson, Arizona, which harvests 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year where just 12 inches falls from the sky. Brad's dynamic books, talks, workshops, and living example have inspired tens of thousands of people to 'plant the rain' and 'dance with the sun' to sustainably grow and enhance their local resources. Visit his website at HarvestingRainwater.com.
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Turn water scarcity into water abundance; as you enable your home, yard, school, place of worship, and/or neighborhood to generate more resources and life! Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, 3rd Edition, is the best-selling, award-winning guide on how to conceptualize, design, and implement a diverse array of highly effective and inexpensive strategies, which harvest and enhance the combined potential of many free on-site resources (such as rainwater, greywater, sun, wind, shade, soil fertility, and more).
Clearly written with more than 290 illustrations, this full color edition helps endow you and your community with new capabilities; reduce your cost of living; plant abundant self-irrigating gardens; construct and retrofit buildings that power, light, heat, and cool themselves; and create community-building street-side forests that grow beauty, food, carbon-sequestration, flood-control, and wildlife habitat. Stories of people who are vibrantly welcoming rain, sun, wind, and shade into their lives and landscapes will invite you to do the same!
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 2, 2nd Edition is a how-to guide enabling you to “plant the rain” by creating water-harvesting “earthworks” or “rain gardens.” Earthworks are simple, inexpensive strategies and landforms that passively harvest multiple sources of free on-site water including rainfall, stormwater runoff, air conditioning condensate, and greywater within “living tanks” of soil and vegetation. The plants then pump the water back out in the form of beauty, food, shelter, wildlife habitat, timber and forage, while controlling erosion, reducing down-stream flooding, dropping utility costs, increasing soil fertility, enhancing the soil carbon sponge, recharging groundwater and springs, and improving water and air quality.
This dramatically revised and expanded full-color second edition builds on the information in Volume 1 by showing you how to turn your yard, school, business, park, ranch, and neighborhood into lively, regenerative producers of resources. Conditions at home will improve as you simultaneously enrich the ecosystem and inspire the surrounding community.
Learn to select, place, size, construct, and plant your chosen earthworks. All is made easier and more effective by the illustrations of natural patterns of water and sediment flow with which you can collaborate or mimic. Detailed step-by-step instructions with over 550 images and expanded water-harvesting principles or guidelines show you how to do it, and plentiful stories of success motivate you so you will do it!