Drought on the Horizon: Where will you get your water?

When: Monday, May 12, 12 noon
Where: Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis
time, and the living is easy.” Or so the song goes. Changing water
availability is already making things less easy for our neighbors in southern
Oregon and California. Willamette Valley residents could be in for similar
experiences. Storing more of what falls or what we now send down our drains
might help alleviate future shortages. Rainwater storage systems are already
becoming a sight in Corvallis gardens. Gray-water systems are less common.

Two speakers — Dave Eckert and Lisa Franklin — will address the practical and regulatory aspects of rain and
gray-water storage and use for businesses and homeowners. You may be surprised at what’s possible, what’s legal and what some of our neighbors are doing.
For more than 20 years, Dave Eckert has been helping people install these systems. He has made films about rainwater
collection and initiated local projects that led to the first Corvallis
permits for such systems in 2008 and graywater in 2012. He currently
teaches free public workshops on rainwater collection and raingarden systems. He is also the Water Action Team Leader of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition,
which installed the Three Waters Project at the South Co-op to prove that
businesses can reduce their water consumption and stormwater runoff. The Team
is currently working with engineering students at OSU on OSU stormwater
Lisa Franklin is an engineer for the city of Corvallis and oversees the city’s rainwater collection permitting process. She reviews site engineering and right-of-way
matters associated with development. She is the primary contact for floodplain
and private drainage questions and has been on the Development Services team
since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical
Engineering from Oregon State University. During college, she worked for the
Industrial Assessment Center assisting industries in processes to reduce energy
usage, increase productivity, recycle bi-products and reduce waste. She spent
seven years in private practice as a civil engineer.
The City Club meets in the Les Schwab Gym at the Boys &
Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, and doors will
open at 11:30. As always, attendance is free. A buffet lunch will be catered by
Nearly Normal’s. The cost is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. To register,
send e-mail to nickhoutman8@aol.com with “City Club May 12” in the
subject line by May 9.

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