DIY Drought Solutions event Oct. 4

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A free event about “Do-It Yourself” solutions for the drought is scheduled for Saturday October 4 from 11 4 pm at the Arcata Community Center, 321 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Arcata.  Those with City and Community Service District hookups and domestic well users are encouraged to attend.  The DIY Drought Solutions event features a tradeshow, kids’ activities, and presentations with topics including building a rain barrel, greywater systems, groundwater and wells, California groundwater legislation, water diversions, using native plants, permaculture, green infrastructure techniques, and general water conservation information.

The Drought Solutions Tradeshow will be open from 11 am until 4 pm. The activities for children begin at 12:30 pm.  Presentations start at 1:00 pm, including “Setting Up a Rain Barrel” by Marlon Gil; “Water Features” by Living Earth Landscapes; “Native Plants” by Samara Restoration; “Ten Water-Conserving Plant Growing Techniques” by Sam Polly; “Water Through a Permaculture Lens” by Dan Mar; plus Dan Ehresman will talk about greywater; speakers from Pacific Watershed Associates and Department of Water Resources will discuss groundwater, wells, and water diversions.

The event is being organized by Watershed Coordinators at the City of Trinidad, the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District, Coastal Ecosystems Institute of Northern California (CEINC) and the Pacific Coast Fish, Wildlife & Wetlands Restoration Association (PCFWWRA). The City of Arcata is hosting the event at the Arcata Community Center.  This event is funded in part through the Department of Conservation Watershed Coordinator Grant Program.

“A lot of people feel like the drought is out of their control. But there are things that you can do that will make a difference. We want people to come to this workshop to learn easy, do-it-yourself solutions so that they can help ensure there is enough water for people and the environment” said Jill Demers from Coastal Ecosystems Institute of Northern California.

“Just because we’ve had a little rain, doesn’t mean we are out of the drought,” says Becky Price-Hall, Watershed Coordinator at the City of Trinidad.  “Even if we have a wet winter, we still have up to 6 dry months a year. There are things you can do right now or this winter in your home and garden to help to prepare for future dry seasons. The DIY Drought Solutions workshop will help connect people to water conservation products, services and resources.”

Laura Bridy of PCFWWRA notes that, “scientific evidence indicates that California’s typical climate has been much drier than the one Californians have become accustomed to over the last 100 years or so. Whether this particular drought ends soon, or lasts awhile, it’s wise to find ways to conserve and protect water now for the long-run.”

For more information about the DIY Drought Solutions event, see the DIY Drought webpage at or contact Becky-Hall at (707) 499-6454 / .