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Jan Lambert, "Retain the Rain, No More Down the Drain!"

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Presented at the Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming conference October 16th-18th, 2015 at Tufts University.

www.bio4climate.org

Presented at the Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming conference October 16th-18th, 2015 at Tufts University.

www.bio4climate.org

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Jan Lambert, "Retain the Rain, No More Down the Drain!"

  1. 1. RETAIN THE RAIN -NO MORE DOWN THE DRAIN! Rehydrating Landscapes to Renew the Climate Presented by Jan Lambert, Editor of Water, Land and Climate-The Critical Connection
  2. 2. YOUR CHOICE OF COFFEE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
  3. 3. THE WATER RETENTION LANDCAPE
  4. 4. GREG JUDY’S FARM-MISSOURI USA
  5. 5. GREG JUDY FARM-MISSOURI USA -SWALES CAPTURE RAINWATER “We capture every drop of water and hold it on our farm.”
  6. 6. BRINGING BACK WATER, BRINGING BACK WILDLIFE Cuenca Los Ojos- “Watershed of Springs”
  7. 7. GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE-TURF REINFORCEMENT MATS CURED A SEVERE STORMWATER PROBLEM IN ILLINOIS, USA
  8. 8. FROM GREY TO GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE - KEENE NH (USA)
  9. 9. SSE HYDRO-GLASGOW SCOTLAND 37 000 Evergreen shrubs on green roof
  10. 10. Mike Beach Photo
  11. 11. RESTORING LANDSCAPES IN SLOVAKIA
  12. 12. One village - SLOVENSKÁ VOLOVÁ •142 check dams •8 unemployed people •5 months
  13. 13. Types of water retention measures in landscape
  14. 14. Hlohovec
  15. 15. P&W Community Center

Editor's Notes

  • Almost all of these photos and the information is included in my book so if you have it you don’t need to take notes or remember all these examples of rainwater retention, sometimes called rainwater harvesting.
    Keeping in mind the forested landscape as the ideal rainwater retention landscape…trees converting solar energy to latent heat through transpiration.
  • Would anyone like to take a guess as to what this is?
    This is a bombed portion of the socalled “Ho Chi Minh Trail, used during the Vietnam War (1954-1973) which those of us of the older generation remember well as an extremely controversial and tragic time. Used for a route for troops and supplies from North Vietnam to get into the South.
    Charlotte O’Brien (couldn’t make it to this conference, wrote an article “Bamboo-the Fastest Way to Grow a Water Cycle” in my book.
    “Bamboo is a powerful pioneer plant, readily transpires, cycling water from the soil to the atmosphere.”
  • From the close of the Vietnam War in 1973, local people could earn two pounds of rice per day for planting bamboo. Today misty forests like this are thriving, resulting in renewed local water cycles as well as providing building materials, paper…..and chopsticks!
  • Shade grown coffee in Nicaragua utilizes a diverse forested land cover that preserves moisture for the landscape and local small water cycle as well as providing more income for native farmers growing premium coffee, and other nut and fruit crops. Contrast with typical sun grown coffee which is drying out the land. The fate of our songbirds also lies in the increase of shade grown coffee, some farms are certified to provide bird habitat.
  • Dalton’s Pasture in Nottingham NH permaculture homestead of Lauren and Peter Chase-Rowell. First thing I found out at my visit was that this walkway entrance surrounded by lush garden plants also functions as a migration path for rare Blanding’s Turtles who need to cross the property to reach a wetland on the other side of the house. Lauren and Peter have a friend who has determined the needs of local wildlife.
  • PERMACULTURE: Lauren Chase Rowell writes,” Permaculture, simply put is the conscious design of everything humans do, and stresses the importance of diversity more than any other practice. Water plays a primary role in blending natural and human-designed diversity.” This attractive little pond is a very functional part of Lauren’s property; it serves as a rainwater catchment system at the bottom of a slope. (farm ducks have freedom to roam)
  • Picturesque rain barrel catches roof runoff for Lauren’s kitchen garden.
  • Portable Chicken house at Dalton’s Pasture for pasture raised hens has its own rain barrel that feeds into a watering trough for the birds.
  • Permaculture: Glenn Gall At left and Teel Marcum, on the tractor, in the state of Michigan here in the US, use a keyline plow to break up compacted subsoil, with minimal disturbance to the topsoil, which allows water to penetrate.
  • Leila Dregger of Tamera, wrote article for my book. Tamera is an alternative research community in Portugal. She writes, “Water shapes any landscape. When land is replenished with water, the water is absorbed by vegetation and the earth, where it is stored and slowly released again. Wealth and abundance then emerge rather than scarcity and poverty.” These two photos show transformation from an arid landscape to one with abundant water, just from collecting rainwater.
  • Sepp Holzer, permaculture expert who inspired the Water Retention Landscape at Tamera, amid fruits and vegetables that are irrigated from rainwater retention ponds.
  • Greg Judy’s farm in Missouri. Cattle are 100% grass fed. Greg is very focused on retaining rainfall on his land.
  • In 2014, he dug a series of shallow trenches or swales in his upland fields which tended to be quite dry. In the downhill berms hae has planted a wide variety of fruit and nut trees and berry bushes, which are thriving.
  • Cuenca Los Ojos (CLO) is reversing dehydration of their landscape along the US Arizona Mexican border by reviving ancient traditions of trincheras, check dams that slow down and collect water from rainfall.
  • They use gabions, rocks enclosed by chain link fencing for areas of more severe flash flooding. After one rainy season, gabion retained water to allow vegetation to start filling in.
  • The results for wildlife habitat have been astounding. As CLO co-founder Valer Austin says, “Restore the habitat and the animals will come.” Here a deer and a turkey share a watering spot created by a check dam.
  • This black bear is using a water catchment pool for a bathtub!
  • GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE means using a combination of technology and natural systems to absorb rainwater into urban landscapes. This is being done much more these days as a response to increased intensity of storms and a desire to cut down the volumes of stormwater entering drainage pipes. What is not well known-yet- is the direct benefits on local climate that retaining the rain can bring about through renewing the small water cycle.
  • Roadside rain garden in downtown Keene NH. City installed this grate which diverts stormwater on the street into attractive vegetation between the street and the sidewalk.
  • Absorbs stormwater, Reduces heat island effect and heating and cooking costs for building. Used eleven miles of Filtrexx soil-filled Grosoxx ( one of our vendors).
  • URBAN GREEN ROOFS- South Korea-Moo Young Han, professor at Seoul National University, directs the Rainwater Research Center at the University. This rooftop garden is one of his demonstration projects.
  • Cimmunity
  • Maybe you know some of these folks-we will be celebrating their “depaving party” at the conference! Hope to see you there!
  • Lenni Armstrong, who is contributing her graphic arts skills to the conference, has just created this poster that illustrates the urban application of the New Water Paradigm. Let’s look at this carefully.
  • Explain check dam…A program headed up by Michal Kravcik in his native country of Slovakia, has installed about 100,000 simple water catchments that are significantly improving rainfall retention. Michal and Jan will be sharing much more about this project at the conference.
  • Measures built in 5 months
  • Put many unemployed people to work. Increase community participation of poor people.
  • Willow stakes planted 2011, upstream from Kosice, a lot of sediment kept back by check dams.
  • Combination of stone and wood, use material, whatever is local
  • Take a vacation and learn all about Slovakian program while having fun exploring scenic countryside and mountains P&W community center lodge for rent at very reasonable rates, which will help earn funds to keep People and Water organization going. Peter Bujnak who works with Michal will be offering bicycle touring or hiking trips based form the lodge. . There is a handout available.

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