Richard Johnson Design
The fog catchers are a relatively simple technology that is now being used in parts of the world where there is a lot of fog or cloud, but little rain and no well water. Fog catchers represented an ingeniously simple idea. A fine mesh netting braced against the damp wind, so that water would condense on the filaments, then collect in troughs and flow by pipe to where it was needed. This technology is best suited to areas where fog is consistently available and can be intercepted on land. Fog collection actually imitates the work of nature. Trees serve as natural fog catchers; a forest growing in an arid area can drip as much water into the dry soil as might ever arrive. This 500 sq ft structure that harnesses the water vapor is being proposed for the Point Reyes National Seashore.