water wisdom Are you prepared for El Niño? Looking for guidance on what to do to get ready for the Godzilla El Niño storms? If you missed our workshop last weekend, here are other places to get the info… Here’s an Introduction to rainwater harvesting (“Water waste or water savings – which are you planning for?”) When it comes to Rainwater Harvesting, I tend to think of two broad categories: (1) Capture & store devices – storing water on your property barrels, tanks, cisterns for your private future use about rain barrels, rain tanks, cisterns why I recommend rain barrels, even though they’re relatively small (“In defense of rain barrels”) Check downspouts. don’t forget to do rain barrel maintenance. (2) Infiltration – making it possible for the water to soak into the ground soaking it into the ground replenishes groundwater basins beneath the city for everyone’s future use permeable surfaces / Infiltration features infiltration (“Are you ready for rain?”) dig infiltration pits now No matter which kind of rainwater harvesting you select, make sure you plan for overflow. If we get too much water for your system, where will it go? Make sure you build a non-destructive escape route for the excess. Other things you should do: Get clear about your Big Picture. Protect garden pets. Plant trees now. Select water-tolerant varieties of cool-season veggies. Also: Check your roof. Make repairs NOW, don’t wait. Paint exterior wood, check window caulking TURN OFF SPRINKLERS, possibly until spring! store emergency materials be prepared for electricity outages car: new tires, wipers, battery, headlights. learn how to drive in heavy rain. consider buying flood insurance have a family evacuation plan in place, that all your family members know about More resources: LA Times, “28 things to do to prepare for El Niño rains this season“ Our handout (pdf) from the “Preparing for El Niño” workshop we held on Nov 7 You might also like:Community Garden at Holy NativityDrought-tolerant container gardeningHydrophobic: What to do when your soil is too dry Previous Comprehensive climate action Newer Ten years!