Author Nate Downey Noted Rainwater Harvesting Expert to Speak at Main Library

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“Every drop of rain is an opportunity, every storm a resource” ~ Nate Downey

If we want thriving landscapes, abundant food, strong communities, and sustainable economies, we can start by treasuring the rain.

Join Nate Downey, author of the newly-published book Harvest the Rain on Saturday, October 29, 2:00-4:00pm for a talk and book-signing event at the Long Beach Main Public Library auditorium, as he shares thoughts and strategies for taking advantage of rain, a precious resource that falls free from the sky.

For millennia, people relied on rainwater harvesting to supply water for households, landscape, livestock, and agricultural uses. Today, our planet’s water shortage is a reality for people worldwide, but actually enough precipitation falls annually to provide ample water for everybody. We simply have to collect, store, distribute, and reuse just a small percentage of that which falls from the sky.

Fortunately this way of saving the world comes with perks such as increasing your property’s value, lowering your utility bills, or simply creating a comfortable oasis outside your door.

“Water, our most basic need, is vital to all human activity,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “Rainwater harvesting is just one of the many innovative ways to practice water conservation that will help maintain a reliable source of fresh water in Long Beach.”

Nate Downey shows you the way with his practical book that anyone can use to begin implementing rainwater harvesting designs today. Harvest the Rain is low tech, designed for everyone, everywhere, even for those with limited time and money. In addition to cisterns, gray water, and earthworks, the book shares important ways to help protect your local watershed.

The event takes place on Saturday, October 29, 2:00-4:00pm, at the Long Beach Main Library auditorium, 101 Pacific Ave, in downtown Long Beach, and is co-sponsored by the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability and the Long Beach Water Department.

The Office of Sustainability will be holding a free raffle for attendees at the end of the presentation. Raffle winners will take home a rain barrel to be used to capture water from future storm events.

No reservations required. This event is sponsored by the Long Beach Office of Sustainability, Long Beach Water Department, Long Beach Permaculture Guild, & the Permaculture Credit Union.

2:00 PM – City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability and Long Beach Water Department: Introduction to the available programs intended to conserve, manage and protect water, including:

  • The Lawn to Garden Incentive Program, which provides customers with up to $2,500 in rebates to replace their grass lawns with California Friendly, drought tolerant gardens;
  • Free residential landscape classes that show residents how to create beautiful urban gardens that save water, time and money;
  • A newly launched Laundry to Landscape Program, which will allow residents to capture graywater from their clothes washers and put it to use in their backyard landscape rather than letting it flow directly into the sewer.

2:30 PM – Nate Downey: Special presentation
Author Nate Downey will discuss low-tech techniques for implementing rainwater harvesting designs that everyone, even those with limited time and money can accomplish. Downey will also highlight the use of cisterns, gray water and earthworks, in addition to tips on how to protect your local watershed.

4:00 PM – Reception and book signing

Nate Downey has been a successful permaculture landscape designer and installer for eighteen years with his company Santa Fe Permaculture; a columnist for the last twelve years for the Santa Fe New Mexican Real Estate Guide, and a past President of the Permaculture Credit Union. He published Roof Reliant Landscaping in 2008.

For More Information, visit the links below:
Long Beach Permaculture Guild:
City of Long Beach’s Office of Sustainability
Long Beach Water Department

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