Read the full story in the Ukiah Daily Journal.
Although El Niño is raising the hopes of forecasters for a wet winter, California is still in the grips of a historic drought and those on the cutting edge of sustainable water development are working to create drought- friendly environments for local homeowners and a program and curriculum for a water certification program at Mendocino College.
Anna Birkas, proprietor of Village Ecosystems, hydrologist and California State licensed general building and engineering contractor with a master of arts degree in hydrology and watershed science from the University of Montana, grew up on the Mendocino coast, off the grid, and worked in construction during the summers building creative projects—timber frame construction—cutting trees and helping to mill the lumber. She received her B.S. from Humboldt State in environmental ecology and moved to Ukiah and established her business in 2009.