Rainwater Harvesting

By Reginald Durant, Back to Natives Restoration

Thursday, September 29th ~ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
CEUs: 1.5 PGMS, IA, APLD, NALP



Reginald Durant, Back to Natives Restoration


Course Description:

Join Reginald Durant from Back to Natives to learn all about harvesting rainwater while landscaping with native plants. California is experiencing a record drought and rainwater harvesting is a great way to accumulate and deposit the precious rainwater that we do receive. Rather than allowing water to run off, see our step by step method for creating a beautiful and functional rainwater harvesting dry creek bed in a lovely native plant landscape where rainwater percolates through the soil to the aquifer below. We’ll discuss longer-term storage methods, as well. Watering is still restricted in many California counties, but with native plants and rainwater harvesting, any landscape can be more beautiful than ever! Participants will learn the best practices for designing rainwater harvesting systems, and see some fantastic examples of native plants that look great incorporated into and around a dry creek bed.

Learning objectives:

  1. articipants will learn the best practices for designing rainwater harvesting systems while landscaping with native plants.


  2. Participants will see our step by step method for creating a beautiful and functional rainwater harvesting dry creek bed in a lovely native plant landscape where rainwater percolates through the soil to the aquifer below.


  3. Participants will see some fantastic examples of native plants that look great incorporated into and around a dry creek bed.


Biography:

Reginald founded Back to Natives Restoration in 2005, and he is the current Director of Restoration. Reginald was the chief landscape designer for the ''Costa Mesa Green Home,'' which is certified 'Platinum' by the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Homes Program. Reginald also provided the landscape design for ''Project 319,'' Living Green Homes' first green single-family residential development, one of the first of its kind in OC to earn the Build It Green, GreenPoint Rated designation. As the Grounds Coordinator at the Environmental Nature Center, Reginald developed the Orange County Native Butterfly House. Reginald also coordinated with the County of Orange, the Coastal Commission and the Department of Fish and Game to develop the Butterfly Habitat at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. Reginald founded the Land Steward Peer Network -- a peer network for restoration ecology professionals -- which included members from County, State, Federal and non-profit organizations and agencies. Since 2004, Reginald has taught the Native Plant section for the Master Gardeners.


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