Santa Barbara
60° F
Santa Maria
58° F
San Luis Obispo
60° F
62° F

Water Harvesting Workshop Available At Local College

By Meredith Garofalo, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Meteorologist & Reporter,
Published On: Jan 27 2014 03:14:36 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 28 2014 12:54:45 PM CST

SBCC is hosting a class this weekend to learn ways to help conserve water through water harvesting.


With California in a drought emergency, managing water usage remains a high priority, especially when it comes to landscaping.

"A lot of it is what I would consider is fairly wasteful," said Jeff Adams from Watershed Management Group.  "To have big swaths of turf grass that nobody is out there playing or using for the purpose of the turf."

Adams said turf grass, which might look good on your lawn, actually is a bad water guzzler.

"It uses way more water than naturally falls so it's hard to keep it green and lush-looking like most people want," Adams said.
Whether it's your home or landscaping business, there are ways to make your outdoor décor look lush without wasting water. 

There are simple solutions you can learn through a three-part program at the Santa Barbara City College Center for Lifelong Learning.        

"The techniques we'll be showing in this class and demonstrating in this landscape will help both conserve water in times of drought as well as prevent storm water runoff and occlusion issues," said Adams.

The class is $15 and will teach you lessons that, in addition to helping the environment, will help put money back in your wallet that you'll save on your water bill.

"We can also address storm water pollution runoff issues, create more habitat and pollinator friendly landscapes and such like that," said Adams.

"We're hoping that a lot of people come and learn about how to put in water harvesting facilities in their own yards to help collect water," said Andy Harper, executive director at the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning.

A great example of these water harvesting efforts is the college is actually going to rip out their current landscaping nd replace it with what's needed to make it more water wise.

More information about the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning Water Harvesting Workshop can be found on CLL’s website as well as information for upcoming CLL Presents events. Participants can register at this site as well.


The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • Body of Isaiah Sanchez Recovered at Cachuma Lake

    Santa Barbara County sheriff rescue crews have found a body near the place where Isaiah Sanchez went missing.

  • Ellwood Fire

    Explosion at Goleta Apartment Complex Leaves One Man Hospitalized

    Santa Barbara County Fire crews responded to an explosion and fire at an apartment complex on 447 Ellwood Drive in Goleta.   Fire officials received the call at around 7:00 p.m. One person was injured and taken to the hospital with severe burns.  The apartment manager helped put out a small fire that broke out after the blast. The explosion and fire are still under investigation.  The fire did not spread to any adjoining apartments.

  • Explosion Caused By Man Producing Marijuana Oil

    Explosion Caused By Man Producing Marijuana Oil

    Investigators said the Goleta apartment explosion and fire Monday night was caused by the illegal process of making butane honey oil.

  • motorcycle_police_officer

    Drivers Stung in a Sting Come Close to Hitting Pedestrians

    A crackdown on drivers who won't stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk is underway in Santa Barbara and Goleta.

  • dangerous dogs

    Orcutt Family Starts Petition to Change County Ordinance

    An Orcutt family is fighting to keep their dogs from being euthanized, and is now trying to change a county ordinance on aggressive dogs. The family has an online petition spreading their message on the internet in an effort to get the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor's attention.

    Peggy Henning remembers the day her family welcomed Daisy and Duke into their family like it was yesterday.

    "They immediately just became part of the family," said Henning. "They were very friendly with all the guests we had coming over."

    But things changed when Daisy and Duke got loose. They liked chasing cats.

    "Dogs are pack animals and that is their default instinct," said Henning. "If they are bonded or litter mates, it intensifies that. They would get out of the confines of our house or yard and this instinct would come to the surface."

  • Dallas Cowboys Arrive to Ventura County

    The Dallas Cowboys touched down at Naval Base Ventura County on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Juvenile Hall Court to Host Gang-related Murder Trial

    The so-called "U-Haul murder trial" is expected to be another high security, gang-related trial that requires extra time and money to make it work at the Santa Barbara County Juvenile Hall courtroom which is seen as the most practical venue.

  • Santa Barbara Judge Rules Against Proposed Gang Injunction

    The city of Santa Barbara will not have a gang injunction after all.

  • Slideshow: Rescue Crews Find Body In Cachuma Lake

    Santa Barbara County sheriff rescue crews have found a body near the place where Isaiah Sanchez went missing.

  • Bradley Cooper blurb

    Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

    Hollywood's highest-paid actors

    Before you head out to see the latest movie blockbuster this summer, check out Forbes' list of Hollywood's highest-paid actors.