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Water Management and Conservation

PROJECT LEADER – ERIC DITTMER

Project Description

This is an Ad Hoc group available to support water conservation promotion through presentations, seminars and contributions to classroom education. We live in an area where there is a real potential for serious drought and a large magnitude earthquake.  In the event this happens, adequate clean water will be a critical resource.
We should be practicing water conservation now both for improved management of this important resource and in anticipation of a future crisis.

Tasks

  1. Promote storm water retention and management by cities and at individual residences
  2. Promote water conservation at home by listing various ways to conserve water including use of low-flow devices, improving irrigation practices adopting low water need landscaping and reusing gray water.

Goals

Conserve water by promoting public awareness and action implementing more storm water projects within the Rogue Basin.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

Part of addressing the regional implications of climate change is to adapt to the apparent impacts. It logically follows that water conservation is key to addressing the trend toward reduced water resources.

Accomplishments

How to Join

Please contact Eric Dittmer at eric@socan.info.

Background Information

The Rogue Basin Watershed has experience over 4 years of drought conditions with a trend toward decreasing rainfall and lowering snow pack leading to reduced stream flows and irrigation limitations. Past storm water management practices have relied mostly on collecting and piping runoff to natural riparian drainages, especially during winter heavy rainfall. As cities grow pipes must be enlarged to handle the increased runoff (Typically a 50% increase over undeveloped land).

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