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Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Melonie Walter
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 16, 2014


President Obama has been asked by ARCSA to empower rainwater harvesting to help solve national economic and resource challenges by issuing a proclamation and to support enabling legislation.


ARCSA President David Crawford itemized rainwater harvesting’s ability to “…create new jobs associated with design; installation; education; research and development; component and consumable sales; plumbing; landscaping; roofing; guttering and maintenance of rain harvesting systems, all of which could lead to establishing a dominant U.S. position in this fledgling field, with compounding nationwide fiscal benefits.”


Mr. Crawford listed the factors that support this appeal, including regional water shortages; rainwater harvesting’s long history; avoidance of stormwater pollution; reducing demand on aging infrastructure; security of decentralized water systems; superiority of rainwater to nourish plants and animals; ease of treatment to very high standards; and the threat of a fragmented regulatory environment to achieving rainwater harvesting’s full potential. In summary, ARCSA is asking that the President join Congress to “…harness the potential of rainwater harvesting to create new jobs and to bolster the general economic welfare of the United States through legislation that would convert this valuable resource into a multifaceted economic engine.”


For the full text of Mr. Crawford’s letter to President Obama consult this link.


The mission of the 501(c)3 nonprofit American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association ( is to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world. Harvesting rain does not diminish downstream supplies, but merely “borrows” it along the way.


ARCSA is gathering funds, experts and technical writers to create a national rainwater-harvesting manual and is soliciting tax-deductible donations. For more information, please contact Heather Kinkade, Executive Director ARCSA, at 512-617-6528 or




Jack Holmgreen says...
Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thank you, David, for taking this essential step in introducing our industry to the American public and our Administration. My hope is that there will be sufficient insight and courage for our elected officials to act promptly and in the Country's best interest by affirming the vital importance of removing barriers and by supporting ARCSA's efforts to create a new profession that will be instrumental in solving one of our major nation's challenges. Abundant water supplies have played an important role in the rise of nations throughout history, both in political and economic power. It is far more important to our future than petroleum or nuclear power and can be implemented for practically nothing while complying with existing stormwater regulations. The only down side is in failing to act. I would personally donate a demonstration project to irrigate Michele's Victory Garden so we can ALL have a double victory!

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