June 13, 2017

Each barrel is different and you can customize each one to catch and hold rain. The essential elements are these: -Hole(s) to allow rain into the barrel -Screen to keep out debris and mosquito larva -Overflow exit at the top, which allows the same amount of water out as what is coming in -Placement on an elevated surface so you can fit a bucket under the spigot and to increase the water pressure increased for use with a hose

May 31, 2017

Experts are concerned about how that will affect our water supplies, land, and our health. Chicken manure is very high in nitrogen and the nitrogen has been linked with the death of fish and other animals and blue baby syndrome in humans among other things.

May 23, 2017

We were there! Wow! What a beautiful experience to help plant sacred seeds of resistance with more than a hundred other lovely people to protect the land, water, and people from the Keystone XL pipeline. Ponca tribe members spoke and led us all in blessing the seeds and the land. Some planted oak trees to stand tall and strong in the path of the pipeline.

May 9, 2017

Retaining water on the land is one of the most important things we can do to improve the health of the Earth.  Good quality soil and native and other environmentally friendly plants are essential to pull water into underground water supplies, filtering it along the way. 

Here is the low down:

We are losing topsoil at unprecedented rates, faster than soil can be replenished.

Streams, rivers, and lakes are at increased risk of flooding, and they're very dirty.

Land dries out more quickly due to less moisture held in the soil.

Contamination from fertilizers and pesticides is intensified.

Fish and other water life is at increased risk of sickness and death.

Underground water supplies don't feed streams.  Some have dried up completely.

"As a result of erosion over the past 40 years, 30 percent of the world's arable land has become unproductive."  FEW Resources

Where will we grow food if our soil quality is poor?

Where will we get clean water if we aren't replenishing our supplies?

We can rethink our landscapes to include water retention methods.  Green roofs, swales, rain gardens (a.k.a. bioretention gardens), natural landscapes, and rain barrels are some options.  UNL Water and Omaha Stormwater are great resources to learn more about how to keep precious drops where we need them most. 

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