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Permaculture Water Management

This advanced permaculture program teaches you the principles of water harvesting that you can use to create functional site designs. In this self-paced program, you will examine rainwater harvesting systems and case study designs and learn to identify both water and solar site resources.

Permaculture Water Management Self-Paced Course Description

This program teaches you about assessment, mapping and site designs for installing water retention landscapes using integrated water management strategies. It also introduces assessment and analysis of rainwater runoff patterns and calculation of runoff quantities and water usage amounts.

You will also cover rainwater harvesting cisterns, water harvesting earthworks, and their integration with greywater treatment, passive solar design, and planning for vegetation.

What You'll Learn

After completing this self-paced course, you'll be able to:
  • Define key rainwater harvesting concepts, terms and principles.
  • Understand the process of assessing and analyzing a site for rainwater harvesting.
  • Learn about passive and active options for storing rainwater in the landscape from the soil to cisterns to greywater options.
  • Reflect on key considerations for hydrating landscapes in climates throughout the world.

Permaculture Water Management Practicum Course Description

In the Permaculture Water Management Practicum, you will gather what you learned in the Self- Paced course to practice integrated permaculture site design based on design principles, water flow and quantity analysis, and overall site condition assessment. The assignments focus on honing the technical skills necessary to design water systems. 

You will investigate maps of different sites and complete design tasks on each map related to the course content. The assignments allow you to apply learned skills like reading contour lines and landscape formations, rainwater math and calculating water runoff volumes, and conceptualizing wastewater treatment systems.

What You'll Learn

After completing the practicum, you'll be able to:
  • Assess a site for water retention potential and water uses.
  • Make strategic decisions about what features and systems to use for a site.
  • Design a conceptual integrated plan for a water retention landscape.
Course launches October 18.
price (2)
Self paced:$295
Practicum: $595 (+$60, registration fee)

Additional Permaculture Trainings

Advanced Permaculture Design for Climate Resilience

Feb. 13 - Mar. 19, 2023

Permaculture: Rainwater Harvesting Online Course

June 3 - July 14, 2019

Permaculture Food Forests

Self paced:
On demand. Access any time.
New dates coming soon!


Andrew Millison
Permaculture Design Certificate

Andrew Millison has been studying, designing, building, and teaching about Permaculture systems since 1996 and is an instructor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He instructs Advanced Permaculture Courses in Teaching, and has guest instructed for many Permaculture courses throughout the Western US.

Neil Bertrando

Neil Bertrando has worked on permaculture designs in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington,Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, Mexico, Haiti and Senegal. He specializes in watershed restoration, erosion control, high desert, key line design, plant propagation and suburban permaculture design-build.

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