Category Archives: Water Conservation

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting by Wayne Bowman, Master Gardener. The collection of rainwater, or rainwater harvesting as it’s termed nowadays, has been around for centuries. Archeological digs have documented the building of cisterns for more than 10,000 years. All water is rainwater. Rain falls from the clouds and runs into creeks and rivers, where municipalities use the water for drinking or sanitary purposes and then return it to streams. Streams flow into lakes and oceans where it evaporates and again forms clouds and rain to complete the cycle. I’ve read… Read More →

Water Efficient Gardening

Water Efficient Gardening by Wayne Bowman, Master Gardener. There’s one constant fact of gardening: If it grows, it needs water. This includes the garden you call your lawn, your flower beds, and that patch where you struggle to grow a few edible vegetables. In case you haven’t noticed, Northeast Texas is booming, and there’s no end in sight. A critical issue for now and in the future is maintaining an adequate supply of quality water. The pressure on an already limited supply is increasing with the population. Other… Read More →

Art Of Gardening Talk July 16, 2015

The Art of Gardening talk is coming up on July 16, 2015 at 6 pm.  See the flyer below for all the details.

Water Wise Ways

Water Wise Ways by Byron Chitwood We are currently out of the woods on water supply and soil moisture compared to what we have been through in the past.  However, knowing Texas and the hot summers, there is no time to conserve like the present.  We might need to do that in the present. First of all some facts are that agriculture and water management are a global issue.  The population is increasing while the supply of water worldwide remains about stable.  Less than 3% of the world’s… Read More →

Water Conservation

Water Conservation by Dave White Texas has seen a boom in population growth with many people discovering the state is a great place to live, work and play. This increase places more demand on the limited supply of both groundwater and surface water available. The last few years we have experienced some severe drought conditions. Take a drive by any of the many area lakes and you will be shocked by the low water levels. These are the lakes built to catch, store and provide the water we… Read More →

Water Conservation

Water Conservation by Byron Chitwood Right now, it’s anybody’s guess as to whether we are in the beginning, middle or nearing the end of an extended drought.  If I had to, I would guess that we will experience chronic water problems from now on.  We have some factors that contribute to the shortage of one of our most precious resources.  Thus, we should learn to use what we have more frugally. There are many reasons for water shortages and I will go into some of them.  First, this… Read More →

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting by PJ LaRue Smith Depending upon where one lives in Hunt County, the average annual rainfall can range from 35” to 44”.  Keep in mind however, that this is the average rainfall for this area each year, not what actually falls every year.  Very dry years might have rainfall amounts in the teens and in extremely wet years it might rain 60 plus inches.  With variations like this, the saying, “plan for the worst, and hope for the best” certainly applies! Historical documentation shows that man… Read More →

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting by Kim Quimby Rainwater Harvesting is becoming more popular for many reasons, but the number one reason is to save money. You can save money by collecting and storing rainwater and using it to irrigate your trees, shrubs and lawns. Efficient water use is increasingly important to Texas. With the state’s limited supply of both groundwater and surface water, Texans must use water wisely. Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach anyone can use. Rainwater harvesting captures, diverts and stores rainwater for later use. In many communities,… Read More →