THINKING LIKE A WATERSHED
Thinking like a watershed is what Brock Dolman of the WATER Institute would like all of us to start doing. On May 26 he’ll be in Ojai to comment on a 20-minute documentary produced by the Surfrider Foundation called Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water and speak on water issues. Dolman, who is cofounder of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, is a wildlife biologist and a permaculture, erosion control and watershed restoration consultant. He maintains that we’re not in a water crisis; it’s our water-management system that is in crisis. This affects how much water we have in our reservoirs, storage tanks, and groundwater basins. Decision makers have focused on short-term solutions to long-term watershed problems. Members of the audience will receive a free copy of Dolman’s booklet Basins of Relations: A Citizen’s Guide to Protecting and Restoring Our Watersheds.
The May 26 presentation (click to download a pdf flyer) will take place at the Chaparral High School Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Avenue in Ojai, at 7 P.M. A $5 suggested entry donation will include a copy of the Basins of Relations
A series of slide images will support Dolman’s presentation of ideas that promote conservation hydrology. Rainwater harvesting and other strategies will show how we can move from “drainage to retainage.” Using a model of the water cycle as a template, the presentation will explore what the ideal water-management system would look like. Dolman believes that concern, critique, moderation, and conservation are the building blocks of progress. He urges citizens to become engaged in the issues that affect their local community and their access to clean water.
For more information about the event, go to www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.org, leave a message for Deborah Pendrey, Executive Director of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, at (805) 669-8445, or send an email to Deborah: