Learn the latest in rainwater collection and harvesting

Designed For
Hobbyist gardeners, professional planners, landscape architects, nursery owners, rural and urban farmers, school gardeners, and community organizers.
October 21 – November 24, 2019
Online | Instructor-led
$495 (+ $60 registration fee)
Five weeks
Required Textbook
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster

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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.

Learn Rainwater Harvesting

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 Harvesting 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.

Learning Formats

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
  • exercises
  • assignments
  • 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, regenerative landscape designer/contractor, rainwater harvesting designer/contractor:

Jamie Wallace has been working in the landscape industry since starting his journey with the Vancouver Parks board (BC, Canada). Jamie completed a four-year apprenticeship that provided him with a wide variety of experience in places like Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, The Bloedel Conservatory, and Van Dusen Gardens. Jamie’s current focus is regenerative/permaculture landscape design and installations with his wife and business partner Angela Giuriato. Their landscapes tend to have a strong emphasis on water harvesting, aesthetic value, soil biology and soil creation. These projects range in size from small urban to farm acreage scale.

Jamie works with Oregon State University's online Permaculture Design Certificate and Advanced Permaculture Design for Climate Resilience program as an instructor and recently worked with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District on their Agriculture water use program, a topic close to his heart.

Jamie has completed training from Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web program and was previously a board member with CANARM (Canadian Ass. for Rainwater Management). Jamie is also a certified manure maven, ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Association) AP (Accredited Professional) designation, one of approx. 150 individuals in North America.