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Kevin Franck
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This rainwater harvesting is something close to my heart and has always bothered me that areas of such vast human infrastructure, like Southern California, have always designed things for quick channelization for rapid floodwater facilitation to the Pacific Ocean. For people who live in wetter higher rainfall areas, this may not mean much, but some of the best designs have actually come from your areas. The western United States is in a desparate way when it comes to precious drinking water. Often it has to be stolen from other wetter regions almost 1000 miles away and at extreme costs both financial and environmental. I've just always had a hard time watching people in cities and towns watering their landscapes and gardens with precious drinking water instead of abundant free water. Hope everyone benefits from this resource post here. It's a little different in the sense of I make no suggestions about rain barrels for colecting water off roofs and such like. That's a given. But water from streets and designing infrastructure by innovating designs based on what nature does with meandering floodplains (think "baffles"), Beaver Dams (think of "weirs") and so forth. I think if people understand how nature maintains things, deeper appreciation will be instilled and knowledge not easily forgotten.

  Rainwater Harvesting Infrastructrure Design Concepts thru Biomimicry 




 
Kevin Franck
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I'm adding this post to this section so as not to waste forum space. It is definitely related to illustrating the value of floodplains and the concept of farm fields and fish coexisting together. This is a continuation of my floodplain series. Floodplains are rich and biologically diverse environments that can support an abundance of plants, birds, and other species on land and in the water. For example, I'm posting info on recovery efforts of Chinook Salmon who rely on floodplains during the freshwater phase of their life cycle. I'm also referencing the same recovery efforts of the Colorado River's Razorback Sucker which also requires floodplains for juvenile growth success. Maybe there are ways to create artificial floodplain nurseries in what is now farmlands where the two businesses can coexist.

  Floodplain Farmlands Benefit Juvenile Western Native Fish 

 
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