Branched Drain in a Greene garden Sat Oct 4, 8:30am-3pm


Branched Drain Washer Only Greywater Workshop Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

There are times a laundry to landscape greywater system isn't the best way to get greywater into the garden. In this case, the place we needed to tap into the laundry line is behind the washer, below the house, and in the drainage pipe. The greywater needs to be moved by gravity, because there isn't a direct connection to the washer motor.  

This is an opportunity to learn and work on a different kind of greywater installation called Branched Drain.  We will be working with larger pipes of 2" and 1 1/2" that are more rigid than those in the laundry to landscape system. The pipes need to be adjusted to drop 1/4" per foot to keep the greywater flowing.  It will be challenging and exciting to put this all together!

Saturday October 4 from 8:30am-3:00pm. This workshop needs to run longer because of the precision involved in setting the branched drain pipes.  Lunch will be served.

The greywater will be directed to the front yard, side yard, and parts of the backyard. This is a fun project and you are invited to take part in it!

Drought Policy Forum, Mon Sept 22 from 1-3 pm

Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 Montecito St., Santa Barbara

The hoped-for El Nino has been dissipating. The latest forecast is for continued below-average rainfall, far too little to end the drought. We have just experienced the three worst years of recorded rainfall ever. And current climate models suggest this drought is likely to continue for years.

What are our options? What will they take to implement? What are their costs? What are local water districts and their statewide and worldwide equivalents doing? Is desalination the only answer for the City of Santa Barbara? What are its true financial, social, and environmental costs? Is it going to be necessary?

Building on the Drought Strategy Forum and Drought Action Forum, the Drought Policy Forum is for key stakeholders in the drought crisis. We will review the most up-to-date information about critical questions like those above. Then we will explore practical policy proposals to sustainably and cost-effectively adapt our community to the drought. Contact us with any proposals you would like to present.

Please join us and invite other stakeholders. Particularly important are water providers and policy makers; landscape, plumbing, construction, business, and real estate professionals; landscape suppliers and nurseries; and environmental advocates and educators.

For more information email Barbara Wishingrad at or call 805-403-4566.

Integrated Design for Drought, Fire, Flood, Climate, and More, with Art Ludwig

Ecological systems designer, 'greywater guru', and author

Tuesday September 30th 2014
6 - 7:30 pm
 Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
$12 suggested donation

The first lecture in a series of talks and workshops this Fall, which explains integrated designs for super efficient fixtures, rainwater harvesting, water reuse, non-toxic, low carbon, fire-safe construction and more.

Integrating the solutions to these diverse issues is the key to revolutionary improvements the ecology, economy and sustainability of home, landscape and city. Drought resilience is just one of many benefits from considering all the relevant design factors at once.

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