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Drought Solutions: Connecting the Drops from Rooftop to Riverbed

  • Santa Fe Woman's Club 1616 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, NM, 87505 United States (map)

We live in a semi-arid desert with a long history of droughts just as severe as the one we currently find ourselves in.  Is it even accurate to call this a drought, or is this what the norm looks like?  Either way, the lack of precipitation that we are experiencing is just one important factor that adds to our drought mentality.  The truth is, just about everything we do with land and water as individuals and as a community perpetuates the scarcity of moisture.  On the watershed scale we have sick forests, bare rangelands, acres of pavement and an unquenchable thirst for the lifeblood of our rivers.  Too often, we let precious water drip off of our rooftops, driveways and streets and spill into gutters and stormdrains where it rushes away loaded with all sorts of pollutants and pours directly into our much-diminished Santa Fe River.  We may not be able to change the amount of precipitation we get, but we most certainly can change our drought mentality by focusing on the abundance of water we waste rather than the scarcity of water we wish we had. 

On Tuesday May 13th at 6 pm, Reese Baker, Aaron Kauffman, Jeremiah Kidd and Craig Sponholtz, the co-founders of the Rainwater Resource Partnership will share their collective experience and inspire the citizens of greater Santa Fe to take the small and large steps needed to re-connect our rooftops to our river.  They will discuss how households, neighborhoods and the city as whole can creatively and efficiently capture, store, treat and re-use our most precious resource.  They will share diverse examples of the amazing work they do to harvest rainwater and re-use greywater at the household scale as well as the many ways they clean stormwater and restore creeks and rivers at the watershed scale.  Join us and learn some of the many ways that we can all connect the drops and create a stronger, wetter community.

Cost: $10

Please visit the Rainwater Resource Partnership Website for more information