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A seedling lupine gathers rain within days of emergence.


What could be more essential?

Humans (like most life on earth) have been devising systems for water collection, storage and filtration since the beginning.

More recently, approaches have advanced rapidly around harvest, storage, and water quality.

Sadly - the last century has been a hard one on nature's own rainwater harvesting strategies.  Most if not all our of infrastructural systems (roads, freeways, homes, parking lots, rivers) are designed to drain water "away" as fast as possible. This, the greatest of all finite resrouces, is being treated as a problem and a hazard.  Water tables are dropping, wells are getting deeper, and we aren't yet digging ourselves out of this hole.

We need to rewrite this story - and build a future where we spend as much time, money and energy diverting water to productive uses and aquifer recharge as possible. 

Many municipalities and local jurisdictions are beginning to see the benefits of recognizing water for the resource that it is, but we have a long long way to go.  And we shouldn't rely on public agencies to act alone.

Los Angeles county is doing incredible new work to