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The Alchemy of Watershed Restoration

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An infiltration basin installed in the late 1970s as part of the natural drainage network at Village Homes subdivision in Davis, California. Photographs by Brock Dolman

"Turning stormwater challenges into benefits” is the heart of Brock Dolman’s message, his gospel for a Gaian future and an ecoliterate culture for human beings. Brock Dolman directs the Watershed Advocacy Training Education and Research Institute, (WATER) at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), a Northern California site of extensive organic gardens and its own brand of permaculture educational programs since the early 1970s, when it was known as the Farallones Institute. As recent witnesses to the unbearable scale of destruction of both life and property along the lower Mississippi River, and in light of the unpredictable effects of global warming, we have become aware of the importance of understanding how water flows in nature and of becoming more water-literate and collectively capable of preventing stormwater damage before it occurs.

I enrolled in a workshop entitled “Erosion Control and Water Management” at OAEC because Bro...

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