Rainwater harvesting workshop offered at PEEC

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The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is sponsoring a talk on rainwater harvesting at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
The talk is free and open to the public, with advance registration requested at PajaritoEEC.org. Walk-ins are also welcome. The DPU will provide a free water conservation kit for each participant.
Is your garden thirsty for days, and then overwhelmed by a short cloudburst? Rainwater harvesting can help you store water on those overwhelming days to use on the following dry days, without costing a lot in water bills.  
Integrated rainwater harvesting systems are designed to combine active systems, like tanks and barrels, with passive systems, such as rain gardens and bioswales. During this workshop, Jeffrey Adams will explore the principles and key components of integrated rainwater harvesting systems and introduce the basics of site assessment, designing, implementing and maintaining multi-functional rainwater harvesting systems. Participants will learn how to create spaces for water running off roofs, driveways and other impervious surfaces to slow down, spread out and soak into planted areas. This is a cost-effective way to decrease water demand in your garden and landscaped areas, and also helps protect water quality.
Adams is founder and principal of terrasophia, an ecological design consulting and education firm synergizing practical experience and systems thinking with a passion for solution-oriented action. Over the past decade Adams has collaborated with a variety of non-profits, community groups, schools and individuals to raise awareness and build skills for sustainability and regenerative living.
For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.