Water Management

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.

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Dam Dumps Mask Record-low Snake Flows

“Because water is managed regionally across the West, and first allocated to the earliest-dated permits, states like Utah which was farmed before Wyoming and Idaho, are getting are getting priority water from states upstream. The […]

Healing the Land with One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts

Healing the Land with One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts” is an inspirational short film that discusses regenerative agricultural practices on a Georgia farm.   This dying farm was regenerated using multi-species grazing in which all […]

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 […]

The Science of Holistic Planned Grazing

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 […]

Where Dams Have Reached “Alert” Age

Quoting the article below, “The U.S. is the leader in dam removal, proving that the risk and cost associated with old dams can be eliminated altogether in many cases. In the past 30 years, the […]

An Idaho Congressman Aims to Dump Dams

“Here is an ecological idea on salmon restoration that gives environmental, social and economic factors equal weight. Congratulations and thanks to U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson.  

Pitchstone Waters Beaver Report

“As reported below, we successfully released beaver at Pitchstone Waters in the summer of 2020. We will see if and where they show up this spring, 2021.

The Incredible Hulik and His Beavers

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 […]

How Do Beavers Build a Dam?

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 […]

Deal Revives Plan for Largest US Dam Demolition

“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 […]

Photographer Captures Saskatoon Beaver Bursting Through Ice ‘Like Superman’

A Saskatoon-based beaver has become a viral video star after a local photographer and nature enthusiast recently  filmed it bursting through an ice-covered pond.  

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 […]

Re-Establishing Beaver in an Idaho Meadow

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 Rule the Roost at Crater Lake

Whether we are talking about bears, bison or beavers, the best safety rule with wild animals is this: “Do not invade their space.” It is amazing how often the rule is violated.  

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 […]

Artificial Beaver Dams Are Catching on in Idaho

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 […]

Re-introducing Beaver on the Escalante River Watershed in Utah

An excellent explanation of the importance of beaver to any watershed.