WELCOME TO THE WATER TABLE
The blog and podcast that floats slowly, spreads widely, and sinks deeply
into conversations about the human relationship with land, water, and community.
Welcome to the Water Table
The Land Resilience Partnership has been busy with our boots on the ground helping fellow Californians homes and businesses become more fire resilient, drought-tolerant, and water-wise. Now we are taking to the airwaves to tell our story and help make you more water resilient.
Episode 4: Planting the Rain: An Urgent Conversation with Rainwater Harvesting Guru Brad Lancaster
Brad Lancaster’s solutions are radical, incredibly basic, and urgently needed. In this episode, Brad describes how he began harvesting street runoff at his home, where he harvests 100,000 gallons per year on 1/8th of an acre, and in his neighborhood in Tucson, Arizona. Brad’s ideas grew into a citywide movement toward regenerative hydration practices in the desert. While California is in a predictable predicament with water—having over-allocated available resources and climate change exacerbating the scarcity—this conversation contains essential inspiration and practical tools you can apply at your home to withstand the ongoing drought and reduce your water footprint while enhancing your quality of life.
Additional note: Neighborhood Foresters showcases the 25+ years of rain-irrigated neighborhood native food forestry work in Brad’s Dunbar/Spring neighborhood, and gives many tools and info that other neighborhoods can use to create or help evolve their own neighborhood forester efforts.
Episode Host: Pete Deneen
Sound editing and mixing: Ryan Evans
Music: Todd Hannigan
Original interview with Brad Lancaster: Charles Upton
Episode 3: Permaculturist Brock Dolman
Brock Dolman is a biologist and systems thinker. He is the co-founder of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center—one of the first permaculture education centers in North America. In this episode, Brock colorfully muralizes the concept of regenerative hydration by connecting tools like rainwater, greywater, and fog harvesting, with conceptual tools like water budgets and unorthodox partnerships with keystone species, like the beaver. Brock wants us to think of watersheds as a lifeboat, where we not just slow it, spread it, sink it, but think it, too. This conversation will leave you looking at your space and place differently—and gives you easy-to-implement water and land management solutions for your backyard, business, or organization!
Episode 2: Martha Davis and Tom Ash
Individual water choices matter. Martha Davis spent much of the past two decades in a leadership position at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. She currently serves on the boards of the Mono Lake Committee, the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, and the Community Water Center. Martha joins us to reflect on the late water conservation legend Tom Ash, a horticulturist who spent three decades in public water and was a leader in believing what you do in your backyard can make a difference. This conversation is a sweet one. You can listen to the original full interview with Tom here.
Episode 1: Debbie Franco and Brad Lancaster
Our first guest is California’s Senior Advisor for Water and Rural Affairs, Debbie Franco, who shares her personal thoughts on the state’s water inequities and how practices like rainwater harvesting can improve the health of the state’s watersheds. The conversation centers around reflections on an interview with drylands water guru, Brad Lancaster, who’s an expert in the field of rainwater harvesting and water management. Clips of Lancaster’s masterclass in ‘planting rain’ are interwoven throughout an insightful and inspiring talk on how California can realign its relationship with water.
You can listen to the original interview with Brad Lancaster here.
We’d like to acknowledge the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District (TCRCD) and the people of California whose support of Prop 84 made this podcast possible. Thanks to Ryan Evans and Todd Hannigan for editing and mixing. Thank you to Charles Upton, who recorded the original interviews. If you're interested in hearing the full interviews, please check out the Water Table: Interviews.