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Brock Dolman (featured speaker)
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center biologist, educator and WATER Institute Director Brock Dolman will offer a series of slide images and interpretation about water, watersheds, human development patterns and land use ideas that support regenerative human settlements. Brock will discuss rainwater harvesting as a strategy of water conservation from roofs to the broader landscape. Speaker will expand on ideas of "Conservation Hydrology" and Low Impact Development, which emphasizes the need in many areas for human development designs to move from drainage to retain-age. Instead of land use practices that, by design, capture and convey excess volumes of stormwater discharging this often degraded water off site, we will discuss ideas on how landowners can spread, slow and sink stormwater on their site. Moving away from run-off to run-on type land uses can result in multiple watershed benefits such as, reduced flooding, improved water quality, increased groundwater recharge for local supply, short term and long term economic benefits and improved localized aesthetics.

Brock Dolman is a co-founder and co-owner of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and the Sowing Circle Intentional Community. He is the Director of OAEC's WATER Institute and Permaculture Program. He is a wildlife biologist and permaculture, watershed restoration, roofwater and stormwater harvesting designer, consultant and educator. Brock has presented at numerous conferences such as Bioneers, EcoFarm, GreenPrints, HOPES and SolFest. He also has lectured internationally in Costa Rica, Brazil and China. He has been featured in the award winning films: The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio; The Call of Life by Species Alliance; and Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution by Vanessa Shultz. In 1992 he completed his BA, graduating with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz with the Biology Department and Environmental Studies Department.


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