- Designed For
- Hobbyist gardeners, professional planners, landscape architects, nursery owners, rural and urban farmers, school gardeners, and community organizers.
- October 21 – November 10, 2019
- Online | Instructor-led
- $495 (+ $60 registration fee)
- Five weeks
- Required Textbook
- Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster
Ask us about Workforce Development Training. We can customize this program to fit your organization's specific needs.
Turn water scarcity into water abundance!
This course teaches you how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community.
What Are The Benefits Of Rainwater Collection?
Rainwater is an amazing free resource. It's more beneficial to plants than municipally supplied water and it can help:
- reduce storm-water runoff
- recharge aquifers
- stop groundwater depletion
Harvesting rainwater can also help you become more self-reliant with water and lower your carbon footprint.
Learning Outcomes for Rainwater Harvesting Training
The goal of this water catchment course is for you to create an integrated, multi-functional water harvesting plan specific to your site and needs.
- Define key rainwater harvesting concepts, terms, and principles
- Assess a site for rainwater harvesting potential and water uses
- Make strategic decisions about what features and systems to use for a site
- Design a conceptual integrated rainwater harvesting plan for a site
- Refine a conceptual rainwater harvesting plan with relevant systems details
Rainwater Course Structure
WEEK 1 RAINWATER HARVESTING PRINCIPLES: You will share stories of people and sites that are using rainwater harvesting to enhance their lives and communities.
WEEK 2 SITE ASSESSMENT: You will discover how to analyze the rainwater resources in your climate and on your site, as well as the water requirements that you need to plan for.
WEEK 3 WATER COLLECTION STRATEGY: You will decide what features and systems to use and the reasons behind making the best choices for your site.
WEEK 4 RAINWATER HARVESTING DESIGNS: You will integrate your rainwater harvesting strategies into a wider plan that also considers the sun, plants, soils, and more.
WEEK 5 TECHNICAL SYSTEMS DETAILS: You will refine the conceptual plan you are developing to bring you closer to installing the plan on your site.
You will assess your on-site rainwater resources and learn to apply a diversity of strategies to maximize their potential. This expert-led course features:
- video lectures
- custom made spreadsheets and templates
The course also features the work of Arizona rainwater harvesting author Brad Lancaster. Brad’s best-selling-award-winning book “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Volume 1" is the textbook for the course. Brad is also the featured lecturer, alongside Andrew Millison, the course's developer.
Rainwater Harvesting Instructors
Andrew Millison, course instructor, course developer:
Andrew Millison has been studying, teaching and practicing Permaculture since he took his first design course in 1996. He started teaching Permaculture at the college level in 2001, and has been an instructor at OSU in the Horticulture Department since 2009. Andrew first learned Permaculture in the drylands, where he studied at Prescott College for his undergraduate and Master's degrees. In Arizona, his focus was on rainwater harvesting, greywater systems, and desert agriculture. He started a Permaculture landscape design and build company, and also worked in an ecologically-based Landscape Architecture firm. In recent years, Andrew's focus has been more on design for climate change resilience, broad-scale water management for farm and development planning, Permaculture housing developments, and Oregon water law for obtaining water rights. Andrew brings his rich experience of designing and building his own and clients' projects for over 20 years to his teaching, and seeks to impart real-world experience to his students. He also teaches the popular 10-week Online Permaculture Design Certificate.
Brad Lancaster, featured lecturer:
Brad Lancaster is the author of the award-winning Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond and co-founder of DesertHarvesters.org. Since 1993 Brad has run a successful permaculture education, design, and consultation business focused on integrated regenerative approaches to landscape design, planning, and living. In the Sonoran Desert, with just 11 inches of annual rainfall, he and his brother harvest about 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on an eighth-acre urban lot and adjoining right-of-way. This harvested water is then turned into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens, and a thriving landscape incorporating wildlife habitat, beauty, medicinal plants, and more. The goal of his book series and overall work is to empower his clients and community to make positive change in their own lives and neighborhoods—by harvesting and enhancing free on-site resources such as water, sun, wind, shade, community, and more. It’s catching on, as evidenced by tens of thousands of practitioners and demand for Brad’s work around the world.
Jamie Wallace, course developer & administrator
Jamie Wallace has worked primarily in the Vancouver area in British Columbia, Canada. He specializes in permaculture landscape design for urban, acreage and commercial properties; installation and project management services; rainwater harvesting design and installation; and plant propagation.