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Rainwater Harvesting and Beyond

Internship at the Desert Botanical Garden
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Einav Henenson

on 17 July 2013

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Transcript of Rainwater Harvesting and Beyond

By Einav Henenson
Rainwater Harvesting and Beyond
About Myself
THANK YOU!
Gentry Farm Project
DBG Yearly Water Usage:
Water Usage &
RWH Potential
Issues:
1. Irrigation do not reach some plants- water is wasted while plants struggle
2. Water is flowing away from plants- trails are flooded
3. Many unused but open spaghetti lines- one gallon (at least) is wasted each operating hour
Water Efficiency & Irrigation
For the amazing experience
at the Desert Botanical Garden
Entrance of Horticulture Building
First Projects
Background:
Kibbutz Gesher, Israel
At the banks of the Jordan River
Next to Sea of Galilee
Interests:
Natural Resources Conservation
Sustainability & Design
Trench in Wildflower Trail
1. Flagging & Plant Survey
2. Soil Testing
3. Check Dam
4. Propagating & Planting
26,280,232 gallons!!
• Cost of Water Usage:
Total: 172,791 Dollars
Per Gallon: 0.6575 cent
DBG Yearly Amount of Rain:
Rooftops: 231,223 gallons
Total 50 acres: 10,182,150 gallons
Value of this Rainwater
66,947 US Dollars!!
Recommendations for Harvesting:
- Permeable materials for paths, roads, and parking lots - allow percolation
- Pathways above beds - allow water to flow off surface to the gardens.
- Slopes for impermeable materials - allow rainwater drainage onto landscape

Intern at the Horticulture Department
Solutions:
1. Adjust lines to reach plants,
2. Build rings to maintain the water,
3. Plug unused drips.
Execution:
1. Adjusted 11 spaghetti lines
2. Created rings around 6 plants
3. Guff-plugged 41 drips
Beyond Rainwater Harvesting:
A collection of other activities
Plant Grass in grassland
Help building Apache Structure
Plant Yuccas in Yucca Forest
Release a toad into the wild
Harvest Saguaros
Plant Sale
Release Monarchs in Butterfly Pavilion
Inspired by nature
- Internship in DBG
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