Residential Rainwater Harvesting Training Overview
Do you want to learn how to harvest rainwater to support a beautiful, locally-adapted, low-water-use landscape in your yard?
Residential Rainwater Harvesting: Community Action to Protect the Rio Grande is an instructional video series offering expert advice on low-tech, low-cost, low-maintenance rainwater harvesting techniques. The training covers the basics of design, installation, and maintenance of passive rainwater harvesting features.
WHY HARVEST RAINWATER?
Rainwater harvesting provides water to support landscapes, conserves potable water, and protects water quality.
By choosing regionally-appropriate plants and harvesting rainwater, you can create a beautiful landscape that requires little to no irrigation.
Rain that falls on impervious surfaces like roofs, streets, and sidewalks becomes the stormwater runoff you see flowing down streets and arroyos. Stormwater runoff collects pollutants like oil, grease, and trash and takes them along as it flows into the Rio Grande. A widely distributed network of rainwater harvesting features that keeps rainwater where it falls, also known as Green Stormwater Infrastructure, contributes to reduced pollution levels in the river.
This training is a series of 13 short videos that provide guidance on how to construct passive rainwater harvesting features. It is organized into four subject areas: 1) What is Rainwater Harvesting, 2) Design, 3) Installation, and 4) Care and Maintenance. We recommend watching the videos in sequence to fully benefit from the training. Click on the buttons below to access the training materials. For questions and follow-up guidance, contact email@example.com.
GUTIéRREZ-HUBBELL HOUSE RAINWATER HARVESTING LEARNING LANDSCAPE
The training was developed in conjunction with the installation of a Rainwater Harvesting Learning Landscape at the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House History and Cultural Center at 6029 Isleta Boulevard SW. The installation was designed by MRWM Landscape Architects and constructed by the Rocky Mountain Youth Corp. Footage of design and construction of the Rainwater Harvesting Learning Landscape is featured throughout the training videos. Viewers are welcome to visit the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House to view the Rainwater Harvesting Learning Landscape in person.
Subject Matter Experts
Residential Rainwater Ambassadorship
We encourage you to become a Residential Rainwater Ambassador and spread the word about the importance of rainwater harvesting and Green Stormwater Infrastructure in conserving our water resources and protecting the Rio Grande from polluted urban runoff. As an ambassador, we invite you to construct a rainwater harvesting feature on your property with support from an online community of experts and other ambassadors, and then share your knowledge and experience with friends. Constructing a rainwater harvesting feature on your property is not required to become an ambassador. To learn more about the Ambassador program, please complete an Interest Form here.
This training was funded by grants from the New Mexico Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Alliance for Water Efficiency. The project also features education on supporting pollinators with funding from and in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Bernalillo County Natural Resource Services and Bernalillo County Parks, Recreations, and Open Space provided additional funding and in-kind support.