Rainwater harvesting, green infrastructure, and low-impact development were the focus of a two-day workshop put on recently by the city of Las Cruces, Stream Dynamics, Watershed Management Group, and the New Mexico Environment Department.
Attendees came from as far away as Santa Fe and Tucson, Arizona. Many of those attending work for the city. Also represented were Doña Ana County, New Mexico State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and state Department of Transportation. Tucked in among the dozens of engineers, planners, architects, designers and developers were also a few regular folks like me.
A variety of information is available on both www.watershedmg.org and www.streamdynamics.us, including a free how-to manual for greening up your neighborhood, available in English and Spanish. WMG also offers a seven-day Water Harvesting Design Certification course that would surely be worth bringing to Las Cruces, if we’re serious about putting our money where our mouths are.