Low Tech Erosion Control


January 19, 2022 - March 2, 2022

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January 19, 2022 - March 2, 2022
12:00 am


Are you struggling with with water scarcity, erosion, flooding, loss of wildlife, fire risk or post fire remediation?

Low tech erosion controls are hand and machine built structures that use onsite and imported natural materials that slow and sink water into the soil.

Neil Bertrando and Jeffrey Adams have been building low tech erosion controls for years, in this workshop they'll be distilling their experience to help you learn to build these structures and avoid costly mistakes.

Craig Sponholtz, mentor to both instructors and a leader in the field, calls this work 'healing the world with sticks and rocks'.

These structures don't require engineering, massive calculations, concrete or more overbuilt approaches and are generally low risk when well built and properly sited.

This workshop shares old and new practices that can scale to fit any budget and are suited for DIYers. These simple low tech erosion controls help sink and store water in the soil, creating the conditions that can lead to habitat for wildlife, guarding against wildfires and addressing post fire remediation.

Low tech erosion controls can improve the health of your land by prioritizing water management using a toolbox of low tech accessible solutions.


This workshop is for homeowners, homesteaders, farmers, ranchers, land managers and property owners that are:
-- concerned about erosion around their property;
-- have erosion issues that are threatening infrastructure;
-- concerned about creating wildlife/pollinator habitat;
-- living in an arid environment that's prone to drought and flash flooding;
-- are under water restrictions or want to conserve what water is available on the land; and
-- living with post wildfire conditions that want to prepare for the erosion that's coming.

NOTE - No previous knowledge of passive rainwater harvesting is required for this workshop.


Wednesday 6pm - 7:30 pm PST / 7pm - 8:30pm MST. Presentation 60 minutes / Q&A 30 minutes for a total of 1.5 hours.

January 19 2022 - Session 1 - Welcome and Introduction
January 26 2022 - Session 2 - What is Low Tech Erosion Control?: Water Harvesting and Watershed Restoration - Curriculum Overview and Toolkit
February 2 2022 - Session 3 - What to look for? - Reading the Landscape and Site Assessment
February 9 2022 - Session 4 - What it looks like? - Case Studies from the Field
February 16 2022 - Session 5 - Where to Start? - Project Design and Planning
February 23 2022 - Session 6 - How to? - Adaptive Management: Project Implementation and Follow Up
March 2 2022 - Session 7 - Where to now? - Conclusions, review, and next steps




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