Thursday, May 31, 2012
Rainwater Harvesting Talk June 9th
Weathering the Drought
Demonstration of making a rain barrel at a recent workshop at the A&M Center.
Master Gardener Virginia Morris will talk about rainwater harvesting on Saturday, June 9th at 10 a.m. at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. Admission is free and open to the public.
El Paso has been in a severe drought for several years. Some forecasters say this drought could extend for another decade. If the drought continues, water conservation will be made mandatory. Since 71 percent of our water use is for irrigation, it is clear where the first restrictions will be applied. Even though we only get around 8 to 9 inches of water per year in non-drought conditions, capturing and using our rainwater more efficiently will be extremely beneficial to our landscapes. Join us to learn how to ensure that every drop of rain is incorporated into our landscapes. Learn strategies to capture, store and use harvested rainwater. Reducing the cost of your water bill will be an additional benefit.
Virginia Morris is a Master Gardener whose specialties lie in landscape design utilizing Xeriscape design principles. She is also a member of the El Paso Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico and president of the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club. Virginia has just completed her third design and implementation of public landscapes that incorporate passive rainwater harvesting to provide supplemental irrigation and to prevent erosion.