Lecture 41 – Water + Design: Restricted Access


Sometimes you design for water to flow a certain way and it doesn’t go there. Sometimes flooding happens, creating moats and ponds. Conventional perspectives might see this is a failure in water design. It could be poor water design, but at the point of flooding, permaculture views this seeming “mistake” as an opportunity. Why not exercise a little creativity and put a boat in it? Grow some fish instead. That way, what was once a problem is now a solution.

Max shows the class a walkable swale, something he invented. He shares stories of courage and inspiration from people doing innovative things around the world. Learn more about swales, how to prevent mosquitos from infesting your swale, the trail swale berm system (TSB), curb cuts, maximizing edge, and planning for catastrophe.