The quality and quantity of water available in America is directly correlated to the condition of the land.
The land, when covered with diverse vegetation, also serves as a sponge, slowing rain as it hits the land, funneling it into aquifers below or filtering it as it runs into streams, rivers and lakes. Well-managed riparian areas, where the land meets the water, are crucial interfaces between the land and the water.
Land condition affects saltwater as surely as it affects fresh water. Rivers flow to the sea. The estuaries, some of the world’s most productive and important ecosystems, occur where fresh water meets saline water. Their long-term health is only as good as the fresh water flowing into them.
Read more about water management practices:
Plug and Spread Made Easy
This is a 4-1/2 minute video about the “Plug-and-Spread” method of harvesting water from gullies. Water harvesting including Plug and Spread, in combination with Keyline sub-soiling, wild animal impact and planned grazing of cattle are […]
Idaho, Oregon Congressmen Agree on Dam Removal for Salmon
Paraphrasing the article below, “Under the Simpson Plan, no one is left behind. It recognizes the biological crisis the Northwest faces — many salmon and steelhead populations are heading toward extinction — and at the […]
Drought Busters 101 : A 21-Minute Video on Desert Grassland Restoration
“Drought Busters” is an inexpensive, quick, physiologically and economically sustainable method of habitat and wildlife restoration. We call it Drought Busters because it increases effective rainfall by rebuilding soil fertility and the soil’s ability to […]
Those who believe that Holistic Planned Grazing is not supported by science should watch this presentation by Dr. Richard Teaque, formerly of Texas A&M. About Savory Institute: Grasslands represent 1/3 of the Earth’s terrestrial […]
Biologist Tomas Hulik spent more than 300 days and nights in the wild riverine forest along the river March, separating Slovakia and Austria. After that, Rachel, the matron of this beaver territory, allowed him to […]
When Scientists Studied Infants’ Skeletons, They Discovered Ancient Secrets Locked Inside Their DNA
This article contains interesting insights that address two big questions: First, when did humans arrive in North America? And second, would the global climate, as the popular understanding maintains, be stable if humans weren’t using […]
Beavers build dams that are designed to endure bad weather and high waters using logs, branches and stones. Impoundments are crucial for the species as they provide ponds as protection against predators. This advantageous skill […]
“This project will have a very beneficial effect on water quality and salmon. Moreover, removals are inevitable. These dams are worn out. Because they are economic losers, there is no economic case for spending […]
The Elwha Dams Are Gone and Chinook Are Surging Back, But Why Are So Few Reaching the Upper River?
“As reported below, King Salmon recovery on the Elwha River is going slowly. It will require that wild sea-run fish find their way back into the river, spawn, and then after several years, return to […]
Releasing Beaver on the Fall River in Idaho, 5-Miles from Yellowstone Park
This video of Pitchstone Waters’ second beaver release during the summer of 2020 contains excellent remarks by staff of the Idaho Fish and Game Department. Releasing Beaver on the Fall River in Idaho, near […]
At Pitchstone Waters Ranch on the Fall River in Idaho, we have been preparing beaver release sites for over a year. Here are our first 4-transplant beavers. The big ones weigh 80-pounds! Our profound […]
Beavers Are Accelerating Climate Change in Alaska?
According to the article below, which repeats claims of CNN, beavers change climate. This is not correct. Global climate has been warming for at least 15,000 years. Because climate has warmed, the habitable area […]
How and why to build artificial beaver dams. Any property with small streams should consider these. The authors say, “We visited two very different streams in Idaho to learn how beaver dam-like structures can […]
According to the authors of the article below, the key to salmon restoration is to join together the ownership of dams and salmon fisheries, giving dam operators incentives both to earn money and save fish—or, […]