New Waves March 2011

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Spring brings several AgriLife Extension rainwater harvesting courses

Spring brings several AgriLife Extension rainwater harvesting courses As summer approaches and potential water restrictions loom, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will be offering several rainwater harvesting courses throughout the state this spring.

“Not many people realize this now, but most of Texas is currently under drought conditions, and come summer, water restrictions may be implemented,” said Brent Clayton, AgriLife Extension assistant with the Texas A&M University Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department. “As far as I know, most localities will let people use harvested rainwater for irrigation during times of restrictions.”

Upcoming rainwater harvesting courses range from those for homeowners to trainings for professionals and include options in several regions.

In Marfa, the Spring Rainwater Catchment Seminar is scheduled for March 24 in the Hotel Paisano Ballroom. The day’s topics will include reasons to collect rainwater, water rights ownership and passive water collection and rain barrel making. The workshop will also include visits to rainwater catchment sites. For more information, see the full AgriLife Today article or call Jesse Lea Schneider at 432.729.4746.

A rainwater harvesting design and construction workshop is set for March 27-29 in Junction. The new two-day workshop, co-sponsored by Texas Tech University in Junction, will be an intensive training course for professional installers and will be a combination of classroom lecture, work problems, site design and demonstration construction. Topics will include ultraviolet disinfection, water balance, conveyance/tank design, owner’s manual development, wet and dry systems and current rainwater harvesting codes. The cost for the workshop is $395 and includes on-campus dorm-style lodging, all meals and snacks and all educational and workshop materials. Course details and registration information is available online. For further information, see the full AgriLife Today article or contact Clayton at 979.845.4116 or jbclayton@ag.tamu.edu

A rain barrel workshop addressing the basics of rainwater harvesting for the home and garden, co-sponsored by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, is scheduled for May 14 in San Antonio. The workshop will be in the Education Building of the botanical garden, 555 Funston Place in San Antonio. To register contact Sasha Kodet at 210.207.3270 or sasha.kodet@sanantonio.gov. For more information, see the full AgriLife Today article.

For more information on rainwater harvesting and upcoming training courses, visit rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu.

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