[permaculture] Swale Riddle

Neil Bertrando neilbertrando at gmail.com
Thu Nov 10 11:23:50 EST 2011


I agree with Loren,

if you have or can get a copy of Brad Lancaster's Harvesting Rainwater vol
1 or 2.  he has drawings of how to address this exact situation.

On Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 2:17 PM, loren luyendyk <loren at sborganics.com> wrote:

>
> Hi Micheal-
>
> You could "dam" the upper section, placing the dam wall where the slope
> changes.  This will trap water until the upper section fills, then spilling
> into the lower section (make spill-way lower that sides of swale).  To
> maximize water harvesting in a swale I like to dig infiltration pits filled
> with gravel along the bottom.
>
> Sorry we missed you at Bona Fide in 2009...
> http://surferswithoutborders.blogspot.com/2009/05/planting-seeds.html
>
> peace
> Loren Luyendyk
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>
>
>
>
> > From: michael at projectbonafide.com
> > To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
> > Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2011 19:08:10 +0000
> > Subject: [permaculture] Swale Riddle
> >
> >
> > I need some help sorting out a swale riddle. A friend has asked to help
> her 'fix' her swale that runs at the top of her suburban lot along the
> neighbors boundary line. It starts off on contour but at half way diverts
> slightly downward pushing most of the water in that direction. She cannot
> cut into the neighbors yard nor dip lower into her own to bring it up to
> contour. One end of the path definitely sits lower and pools the water. She
> suggests digging the path deeper toward the high end to share the deluge..
> >
> >
> > Michael Judd
> >
> >
> >
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