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Rainfall to Groundwater

$50,000 goal

Campaign created 23 days ago
Rainfall to Groundwater Mission:  Serve all who depend on water by hastening understanding, planning and collaborative action to restore degraded watershed detention functions.

That’s the most succinct synopsis but I’ve strived to convey expanded understanding on the Rainfall to Groundwater website, consisting of 36 static pages, along with my fledgling blog.  That’s what felt like the minimum needed for an overview because the whole story is deep and wide. 

Based on my doctoral work and what I’ve learned since, I offer an ecohydrological approach to sustaining water resources – in drought-tested California to start, but hoping to ultimately reach out to all places with degraded watershed / catchment functions. 

The idea is to reclaim water detention  storage opportunities below ground, where it is less subject to loss through evaporation than typical surface water storage, like dams.  Moreover, the proposed restoration of detention storage, with it’s natural outlet to groundwater basins, offers the most cost-effective approach to increasing both groundwater recharge and water storage in general. 

Basically, in California at least, other new options for both water storage and water available for replenishment, or recharge, appear quite limited or challenged at present.  Given the limited options, along with new regulations on groundwater and the uncertainties of climate change, the hope is that water agencies will finally feel desperate enough to overcome historical biases toward engineered solutions and consider all options, including this one.

It has been nearly a decade since I first began perhaps meager attempts to get this approach considered by California’s water “cognoscenti”.   It has bounced off the engineer-dominated fortress like raindrops off a fire-sealed hydrophobic hillside.  More environment-oriented local groups have similarly failed to grasp the relevance to their own aims. 

Perhaps neither have trusted information freely given – ?  Then, everyone looks elsewhere for “authority” to validate such alternatives.  And, no, you won’t find this encapsulated in a peer-reviewed journal article because the issues are too numerous and complex, and especially because of paradigmatic problems, a glimpse of which is offered via Alternate Paradigms .  

So, since I can’t give this approach away, I came to realize I must sell it.  It seems a truism that we are more likely to value what we must pay for.

I have long been keenly aware that just publishing my books is not nearly enough to get people considering and applying the Rainfall to Groundwater approach – mostly because we book readers comprise a small minority.  But I’ve personally benefitted from online video tutorials and I trust that approach will appeal to those for whom books don’t cut it.  Different strokes for different folks.

My interdisciplinary background includes landscape-scale and watershed restoration planning so I offer not only the scientific underpinnings of Rainfall to Groundwater but the skills to help guide pertinent aspects of Groundwater Sustainability Planning.  While I’m continuously upgrading my technical skills, just beginning to get into video, I also have a strong background in graphic communications, which I believe will help get salient points across in video learning modules.  See About Verna Jigour & the Evolution of Rainfall to Groundwater and Verna Jigour, PhD – Resume.





I have well more than exhausted all my own resources just getting this to a stage where the web site tells part of the story for those willing to spend some time there.  The not-small number of details and learning curves I’ve recently needed to master to get this far have nearly exhausted my current energetic/ emotional resources.  And that’s on top of the enormous financial costs going back more than two decades, beginning with student loans.  I’ve been working toward this for *a quarter century with no tangible rewards* for my efforts and challenging setbacks along my path.  Guess you could say I’ve felt “driven” [ or OCD  ;-)].

Now I seek your support to help me help you, and I am offering tangible rewards.  As the Mission states, the aim is to hasten understanding, planning and collaborative action to restore degraded watershed detention functions.  I’ve outlined the beginnings of the Rainfall to Groundwater Learn, Apply ‎program and five of the planned (primarily) online courses, four of which are offered as rewards for GoFundMe donations, along with special tiers for those supporting publication of the two planned books.   

Please see the Rainfall to Groundwater GoFundMe Reward Matrix  for complete details, including limited time discounts – more than will fit in the brief Reward descriptions here.

Additional, lower-dollar amount tiers with “schwag”-type rewards may be posted soon for those who may wish to support the effort but don’t wish to opt in to the courses and their online forums.

Part of the reward for me will be your participation – I so look forward to no longer being alone in this effort!  As soon as I have the means I will tackle the learning curves necessary to set up the private online forums so that that we may begin communicating about topics addressed on the website, then course modules as they’re developed/ posted and anything else that’s relevant. 

[I am aware that it would be easier to set up private Facebook groups, where I got the notion to begin with, and in fact, what finally prompted me to join Facebook after long resistance, but for various reasons, including wanting your *undivided attention* when you’re there, my current preference is to make these stand-alone forums unless I hear otherwise from enrollees.]

My current GoFundMe campaign estimate is subject to change as I nail down more details.  Costs include hardware and software needs, a private web server with security encryption, several other online services, legal counsel, CPA and other consultants, insurance, video camera and related tools, book self-publication costs (through Amazon’s Createspace), along with just paying the bills during the time it takes me to develop the Rainfall to Groundwater online courses, which will only open to regular enrollment once they’re complete.  The aim is to complete all reward-level courses and books by the end of 2018.

Funds are needed immediately, partly to help cover costs I've incurred to date and keep me in business.  Early adopter discounts are offered to help catalyze the campaign, but the timing is necessarily limited.

As a past contributor to GoFundMe campaigns of a more charitable nature, I recognize the power of stories that pull on one’s empathy.  I could share some stories of grief and loss that might pull on your heartstrings, including some that specifically set me back on book refinement, along with website, etc. last year. 

But I do hope you’ll feel most compelled to donate as entrée to a community of pioneers in actualizing an ecohydrology approach to sustaining water resources.
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$50,000 goal

Campaign created 23 days ago
$120
Researcher
Interdisciplinary Research Topics with Student ID – (Books or Basics are prerequisite but may be concurrent) See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits
$150
Bookish
History of the Science OR California and Beyond book with acknowledgement. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits
$200
Autograph
History of the Science OR California and Beyond book with acknowledgment & personalized autograph. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits.
$250
Book Lover
History of the Science & California and Beyond: Both books with acknowledgment. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits.
$240
Rangeland Econ
Rangeland Economies for Rainfall Detention – no prerequisite. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits.
$300
Researcher NS
Interdisciplinary Research Topics – Non-Student. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits
$350
Two Autographs
History of the Science & California and Beyond: Both books with acknowledgment & personalized autographs. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits.
$400
Basics Stud ID
Rainfall to Groundwater: Basics – prerequisite course, Student ID required, 20% discount thru Mar 16. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits.
$1,000
Basics Indiv
Rainfall to Groundwater: Basics – prerequisite course. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits.
$3,000
Planner 1 Indiv
Planning for Rainfall to Groundwater, Part 1 – one participant. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits.
$5,000
Basics Org
Rainfall to Groundwater: Basics, 6 participants from a single organization, including from a single GSA. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits.
$8,000
Consulting – 40
Direct consultation – 40 hours See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for more details
$12,000
Planner 1 Org
Planning for Rainfall to Groundwater, Part 1 – 5 participants from a single organization, including a single GSA. See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for full benefits
$15,000
Consulting – 80
Direct consultation – 80 hours See GoFundMe Rewards Matrix for more details
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