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Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Wins 2013 Literary Awards

December 16th, 2013 by Brad Lancaster

This year's release of the updated, expanded Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, 2nd Edition has won two literary awards:
* Best Indie Books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews in the Nonfiction category
* 2013 USA Best Book Award in the General Home category
More awards could be on the horizon in 2014. Get a copy [...]

American Oasis: A Multimedia Work on the Story of Water in Tucson, featuring Brad Lancaster

July 17th, 2013 by Brad Lancaster

"It never snows in Tucson. It doesn’t even rain much - about 11 inches a year - so precipitation of any kind makes Tucsonans a little giddy. But the light in [Brad] Lancaster’s eyes is different. He sees water falling from the sky as the key to his city’s future; nothing less [...]

Finally released: the long-awaited, expanded, and revised second edition of Volume 1 of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond!

July 17th, 2013 by Brad Lancaster

Turn water scarcity into water abundance, while maximizing the power of the sun and more! This best-selling, award-winning guide shows you how to conceptualize, design, and implement life-enhancing water-, sun-, wind-, and shade-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community. The book enables you to assess your on-site resources, gives you a diverse array of [...]

Watershed Maps Are Community Maps

September 28th, 2011 by Brad Lancaster

by Brad Lancaster © 2011
www.HarvestingRainwater.com
A watershed is “that area of land, a bounded hydrological system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community.”
— John Wesley Powell
Political boundaries are arbitrary. Watershed boundaries [...]

Images of Contemporary Water-Harvesting Art

September 14th, 2011 by Brad Lancaster

by Brad Lancaster © 2011
www.HarvestingRainwater.com
Show the flow. Cycle it. Celebrate it. Know it. And as you do, show others the way.
The three images below are installations that I feel show and celebrate the flow. Their beauty lures me in, and invites me to look deeper. See more images in the Contemporary Water-Harvesting Art [...]

Images of Ancient Water-Harvesting Art

September 5th, 2011 by Brad Lancaster

by Brad Lancaster © 2011
www.HarvestingRainwater.com
There is a tradition of harvesting rainwater in all human-inhabited drylands of the world where it rains (and in a great many wet areas that also experience dry seasons). I’ve been very lucky to have been able to travel to, and learn from, some of them.
Below are three [...]

Human-Empowered, Enlightened, and Energized Transport

August 1st, 2011 by Brad Lancaster

by Brad Lancaster © 2011
www.HarvestingRainwater.com

Brad transporting plants

Years ago at a red light I looked into the car beside me and saw the frowning driver’s hair blowing into the back seat as though she were leaning into a mighty storm. But her windows were up. The gale was coming from her air conditioner [...]

Roman- and Byzantine-era Cisterns of the Past Reviving Life in the Present

July 8th, 2011 by Brad Lancaster

All photos and text by Brad Lancaster, www.HarvestingRainwater.com © 2011
This is number six in a series of Drops in a Bucket Blog posts on Brad Lancaster’s water wanderings in the Middle East; this trip led in part to Volume 1 of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond being translated into Arabic, and Brad’s participation in [...]

Water Wise Women of Jordan

September 13th, 2010 by Brad Lancaster

by Brad Lancaster, www.HarvestingRainwater.com, © 2010
Number 5 in a series of Drops in a Bucket blog posts on Brad Lancaster’s and David Eisenberg’s U.S. State Department-sponsored adventures and gleanings in the Middle East Northern Jordan, April 2009
Jordan Valley, Jordan, 2009
My guides Mohammed Ayesh of NCARE and Iqbal of JOHUD took me to an oasis.
The village [...]

Revolving Community Loans for “Water From Allah”

August 24th, 2010 by Brad Lancaster

by Brad Lancaster, www.HarvestingRainwater.com, © 2010

Number 4 in a series of Drops in a Bucket blog posts on Brad Lancaster’s and David Eisenberg’s U.S. State Department-sponsored adventures and gleanings in the Middle East

Northern Jordan, April 2009
Throughout northern Jordan we visited dynamic villages that were enhancing their quality of life by recycling water and [...]