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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Nate Downey

Nate Downey

With more than 90 percent of the state in a drought and 35 percent in extreme drought, there is no doubt that Texans need to have a clear understanding of the role water will play in our state’s future. Author and permaculture expert Nate Downey will give an evening presentation on the water economy and conduct a full-day workshop on passive water storage as the opening events for the Clean Economy Series at Brookhaven College Oct. 25 and 26.

Downey is an expert in both passive and active water harvesting systems and author of “Harvest the Rain: How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource.” On Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., Downey will give a lecture titled "Introduction to the New Water Economy." Everyone is invited to attend to get an overview of what to expect as our water-challenged world moves toward building and sustaining water-harvesting as an industry and its role in the economy. Tickets are just $10.

At a full-day workshop, Downey will delve deeper into how individuals, business owners or landscape professionals can create a passive watering system to store moisture, control erosion, prevent pollution and conserve water. Downey will describe principles, strategies and techniques of passive water harvesting. The workshop is Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and costs $175.

The presentation and workshop are part of the Clean Economy Series, a partnership between the Carbon Economy Series, a nonprofit organization based in New Mexico, and the Dallas County Community College District. Online registration will be available soon. Look for additional programs offered throughout the year focused on sustainability practices.