Posts Tagged ‘rainwater harvesting’

  • Los Angeles River

    Unintended Consequence: The Los Angeles River

    The “Hollywood” Los Angeles River We’ve all (even the aquaphobes) have seen the dramatic chase scenes on the television or in a movie. You know, the one where the car is driving down an oversized concrete culvert with a trickle of water in the middle. Sometimes the cars splash through the shallow water and other times they accelerate up the paved slope only to flip over. Congratulations you have seen the Los Angeles River. In the spirit of the summer of... MORE >

  • 04.01.12

    Celebrity Sightings at Starbucks

    Starbucks is always a great place for people watching, but the location at the Commons in Calabasas is especially good for celebrity watching. I’m really more of a Peet’s person, but since this Starbucks is just across the freeway from ValleyCrest Corporate headquarters, I make an exception when I’m at the office.  I have seen many celebrities at the Starbucks, but you can imagine my surprise when I walked in and saw Britney Spears sitting with Brad Pitt.  If you’re a fan... MORE >

  • 03.27.12

    That’s the Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia…

    …and California and Canada and Brazil and France and England and in… March 31st 8:30 PM (your time zone) EARTH HOUR If you have not heard about Earth Hour don’t feel bad. It turns 5 this year and how many 5 year olds do you know?  Of course, last year Earth Hour did reach 1.8 billion people in 135 countries and every continent so maybe it is time to get on board. What is Earth Hour? Earth Hour is a... MORE >

  • rainwater harvesting

    What Goes Around Comes Around: Rainwater Harvesting

    Fashion, Songs, Movies and Rainwater Harvesting: Great Ideas Recycled For readers in their 50’s you may have noticed many of today’s latest fashions were popular in the 1970’s. Some songs are now on their 3rd or 4th rendition dating back to the 1960’s. Even many popular movies are on their 2nd or 3rd version (Batman, Oceans Eleven, Sherlock Holmes, etc). Landscape Architects may remember from their school days, cisterns have been in use for thousands of years. In July 2011,... MORE >

  • Man walking through the rain

    Save Your Rain for a Sunny Day

    Knowing my passion for water, one of my fellow workers sent me a great handbook on rainwater harvesting he came across while researching the topic for a client. I suggested he share some of his research in the form of a guest blog for ValleyCrestTakesOn. He did such a phenonmenal job I think he should be a regular contributor. If you like this post and want to read more from Mark, please leave a comment below. Rainwater Harvesting Inspiration My... MORE >

  • Winners and Tips 79-85

    100 Ways Winners of the Week

    Congratulations to this week’s winners! Paulette Nicoliello of Westboro, MA Kay Kite of Riverside, CA Linda Hardwick of Ft. Myers, FL Keith Thomas of Keller, TX Pete Kreuser of Sacramento, CA Noel Johnston of Frisco, TX Lisa Vogel of San Francisco, CA You have each won a Hunter® Wireless Rain-Clik™ rain sensor as part of our 100 Ways, 100 Days campaign. You are among the 100 winners who won’t be running your sprinklers in the rain this coming wet season... MORE >

  • Cistern for Rainwater Harvesting

    When A Water Butt Is Just Not Big Enough

    Rainwater Harvesting Beyond the Rain Barrel When 55 gallons are just not enough or when you have more than 8 pots to water, a cistern may be in order. A cistern is a really BIG Water Butt and provides a little more flexibility than just being able to water pots. However, cisterns bring on a whole new set of problems like: aesthetics, neighbor’s opinions and loss of municipal revenues. When placed above ground they can make quite the architectural statement... MORE >

  • Rainwater Harvesting

    Does This Make My Water Butt Look Big?

    What we in the US know as Rain Barrels, are known in England as Water Butts. Regardless of what they are called, they are a growing component on a residential level for harvesting rainwater, but may not be legal in the state in which you live. (No, I am not talking about your state of sanity). In parts of Arizona rainwater harvesting is required for new commercial developments while in Colorado rain harvesting was just made legal in 2009. In Utah limited rainwater... MORE >

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