Focusing upon urban environments in the desert southwest, this presentation will discuss water’s influence upon land and people through time, modern development’s disconnection from natural water systems and how sustainable water harvesting can reinforce the importance of this vital resource our ecosystems and future are dependent upon. Various water sources will be identified and passive and mechanical harvesting methods will be demonstrated both for irrigation and water feature elements.
Understand the history of water in the desert southwest.
Identify various alternative water sources and their application in the landscape.
Become familiar with constructed examples that demonstrate the benefits of water harvesting.