I was re-reading some of this last night. While I don't live in desert (high desert) there are such great ideas out there! I wanted to share just a few resources if you do. This is really part of the Permaculture philosophy. This is a great website in Tucson- Harvestingrainwater.com They started doing "curb cut ins" years ago, allowing rain water to go inside the curb area instead of down the storm drain, literally. They shared their results with the city, it was legalized and is now incentivized. Here's shot below-
Curb cut-ins gather water
Before shot of a sad corner-
Curb cut-ins added, and landscaped below-
Building community with food!
More landscaping added-
The BEFORE again
This is hands down on of the best integrated layouts I've ever seen. If more people would work with nature, see what they could do! Rock on!