Category: water

Water Clean – Floating Vetiver Grown on Pontoons

From time to time we get questions on floating vetiver on pontoons to remove nutrients from polluted ponds and lakes. Sometimes too we see efforts that have not resulted in well grown pontoon vetiver. This is normally because the plant…

Irrigation Systems: Structured versus On-demand System Design

In case some of you think that all I am interested in is Vetiver, then you are wrong!! Last week I was visiting my old friend and Canadian colleague Brian Albinson, one of the best, experienced, and practical irrigation engineers…

Vetiver Systems for groundwater recharge – How does it work?

As has been confirmed in Ethiopia the Vetiver System has a great capacity to recharge groundwater – how does this work? Why does Vetiver do this better than other species? Vetiver enables significant ground water recharge because: (1) the stiff…

Vetiver Hedgerows in Ethiopia

Here are a couple of Google Earth images of Vetiver hedgerows in western Ethiopia near Mettu. One (with red arrows only) shows vetiver on upland farms – there are literally 1000s of Km of these in this area. The second…

Fighting Climate Change in Africa

It is a real pleasure to see the progress being made in Ethiopia with the continued expansion of the Vetiver System for soil and water conservation. There is a lot written and talked about relating to combatting climate change in…