Landscape Design with Water in Mind -
Alternative Water Sources
Instructor: Dave Phelps
We live in a Mediterranean climate that is becoming more extreme as climate change progresses. But we also have access to lots of the blue gold -- water. Changing the paradigm from drainage to infiltration and detention systems and from scarcity to abundance is where our industry is headed.
Arid areas around the world have shown us how to live comfortably during extended dry seasons. With current irrigation technologies and the right landscape systems, we can up our game here in California and gracefully live in landscapes in harmony with our changing climate.
Rather than having to resort to water restrictions or prohibitions on landscape irrigation, we have the tools to successfully transition our landscapes into the ecologically functioning, beautiful, and resilient spaces with the water we have.
Our landscapes are far too valuable to our societal health to just turn off the spigot. We have to put these skills and practices into use quickly to make the transition.
In the Alternate Water Sources course, landscape architect Dave Phelps will take you on a deep dive into the details of preparing our landscapes for the water available to us through:
- Water Conservation
- Stormwater Infiltration
- Rainwater Capture
- Greywater Re-Use
- Reclaimed Water Use
- Managing Well Water
Perfect your skills at estimating watershed potential, greywater requirements, maximizing site water infiltration, and reducing water lost to drainage. Triage older landscapes for the low-hanging fruit of water conservation with limited budgets.
Formulas, checklists, exercises, and design specifications in the course will help you raise the bar of your confidence and our industry in implementing these necessary practices in all the landscapes you interact with.
Pertinent verbiage and talking points to help promote better water resilience in our communities as well as alignment and compliance to current codes and regulations will help spread these skills and make a difference in our lives.
Who this course is for
We have created content suitable for:
- Landscape designers and landscape architects
- Design-build contractors
- Students in the landscape professions
- Property and account managers who oversee landscapes
- Architects/engineers who want to know more about water-conserving landscape approaches
Who this course is not for
Homeowners and those who are not designers or maintainers of landscapes