The Cambrian

Water symposium July 25 at San Luis Obispo Grange Hall

Three Cambrians with different areas of expertise on saving water are among many participating in the HopeDance “All-Day Immersion into the Subject of Water” symposium Saturday, July 25, at the San Luis Obispo Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St. 

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a dance with Josh Payne of Dionysius from 8 to 10 p.m. 

Some food and snacks are being donated by Trader Joe’s, SLO Natural Foods Co-op and Fig Good Food of Atascadero (Chris and Dennis Dillow, former North Coast residents and restaurant owners). 

Symposium ticket cost is $10 for a few presentations and films, $20 for a half-day, $35 for all day, and $10 (prefer cash) for the dance. Some scholarships are available; recipients are asked to spend some time volunteering. For details, call organizer Bob Banner at 762-4848 or email, with “scholarship” in the subject line.

Banner said symposium attendees will “learn about water in all its incredible uses and mysteries; to corroborate, to collaborate of certain goals and plans of action; to learn about composting toilets, machines to clean water, gray-water systems, what memories contain in water.” Vendors will display at their workshops, demonstrate their systems and answer questions.

Among the symposium’s speakers are Cambrians:

  • Jim Aaron of Potter Plumbing (Household Water Management) is expected to talk from 9:46 to 10:06 a.m. about gray-water and rainwater catchment systems. 
  • Bill Seavey of DIY Budget Rainwater Harvesting Strategies is expected to talk from 11:20 to 11:40 a.m.
  • Teresa Lees is expected to talk about Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools from 5:05 to 5:25 p.m. Three school districts each received a $1 million grant to install storm-water retention projects, permeable pavers, rain gardens and more. Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School also received the grant. 

For details, go to or call 762-4848.