Water Wizardry and Natural Systems Design

With Art Ludwig and Penny Livingston-Stark, and Brock Dolman

July 5-8, 2008

Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas, CA

 

Summary: Information and background reading resources for

Principles of ecological design (lecture)

Ianto guest?

How to live really well on almost nothing (personal finance lecture)

Understanding water (nature awareness guided experience +outdoor and indoor lecture)

Water system site assessment, design (hands on project)

Natural building?

Structures, materials testing, systems design

Integrated movement play

(body movement analog to integrated permaculture design incorporating mix of yoga, African dance, rock hopping, trail running, swimming, etc…(add link)

One week

(body movement analog to integrated permaculture design incorporating mix of yoga, African dance, rock hopping, trail running, swimming, etc…(add link)

Possible Hands on Projects

In approximate order of combined priority/ urgency:

Water master plan

Site assessment learning/ using techniques in our 34 page, 7 spreadsheet water quality testing packet: http://www.oasisdesign.net/water/quality/testing.htm

Survey elevations of all water system elements

Using barometric altimeter,
Springs
Tanks
Big Pond overflow, outlet
Windmill
Houses, gardens, orchards,

Characterize flows

Analyze water quality

Learn how to test for general, fecal coliforms, TDS, turbidity, by doing it for all points of interest in the nearby natural and harnessed water flows, refine water intuition by guessing values before hand and comparing to actual values, with discussion

Products

Existing Water system elements master data spreadsheet
Existing Water system map (plan)
Existing Water system map (elevation)
Implementation plan
Ultimate Water system elements master data spreadsheet
Ultimate Water system map (plan)
Ultimate Water system map (elevation)

Water system phase 1 implementation

Supply line Leaks find/ eradicate

Weld water line joints (have to research technique)

Both springs on line

Storage location/ levels optimize

Outlet level control/ stored water loss-limiter

?

Wood burning bathtub

Eco-Luxury bathing chamber

Orchard toilet (if there’s a suitable dry soil site; 2m to seasonal high groundwater, —or—summer use only.)

Wastewater/ excreta management master plan

Drumless laundry

Branched drain

Optimize HDPE for wastewater

Welding
Distribution box
?

(Clivus)

Rocket Stove

PP ponics system

R&D project: separation of N, Na

Lectures

Others above…

Structural engineering and fire safety for hippies

Unstructured down time

Ropes to God
Trip to Alamir falls

 

 

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