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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Read more about water management practices:

To Save Salmon, U.S. Approves Largest Dam Removal in History

“Quoting the article below, “Faced with costly new regulations that included building fish screens and ladders, the company (power utility PacifiCorp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway) instead entered an agreement with the tribes […]

Stewardship with Vision – Episode 2: Malpai Borderlands Group

  In the high desert of southern Arizona and New Mexico, almost a million acres of important habitats and nearly 30 at-risk species are being protected and conserved…by a coalition of ranchers who manage from […]

Nearly 80 Gnaw-ty Beavers Move to Wilder Neighborhoods

“As discussed below, many landowners want to remove nuisance beavers from their property. And, when they do, they often turn to trappers, some of whom now turn to Wyoming Wetlands Society for payment — and to […]

Yellowstone Elk Migration Trail: Amazing Camera Trap Highlights

  Like rivers, Yellowstone’s migration corridors have many tributaries. One of these passes through Pitchstone Waters Ranch. We see herds of as many as 100 elk exiting the national forest, passing through our meadows and […]

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #4

   At Pitchstone Waters in Idaho, we spanned an entire valley with two artificial beaver dams. Doing this presented special problems. Fourth in a series.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this […]

Management Comparison – Allan Savory

   One minute of your attention could save civilization as we know it.

5,000 Years Later, Beavers Return to the High Plains

“The Brazos is the longest river in Texas. Beavers  were always found downstream. As discussed below, they are now colonizing the upper Brazos where dams have created large bodies of permanent water.  

It Was War. Then, a Rancher’s Truce With Some Pesky Beavers Paid Off

The article below has an excellent discussion of the growing recognition that beavers are an essential part of habitat restoration. Quoting one expert, “It may seem trite to say that beavers are a key part […]

Relocated Beavers Helped Mitigate Some Effects of Climate Change

“As discussed in the article below, scientists have found that when beavers were reintroduced and built new dams, the volume of surface water — streams, ponds, wetlands — increased to about 20 times that of […]

Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters #4

   On the Fall River in Idaho, 5-miles from the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park, we use goats instead of herbicides to control weeds and stimulate grasses in sagebrush meadows. Fourth in a series. […]

Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters #3

Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters #3 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.   Third in a series: On the Fall River in Idaho, 5-miles from the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park, we use […]

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #1

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #1 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.   Restoring an abandoned beaver dam in an Idaho forest near Yellowstone Park.   NOTE: this video was originally published to this site on […]

Beavers Are Heat Wave Heroes

As explained below, beaver dams help cool the water — and the air. They also reduce wildfires.  

Goats, Brush, Weeds and Wildfire

  At Pitchstone Waters Ranch in Idaho, 5-miles southwest of Yellowstone Park, we use goats and cattle to reduce brush, control “weeds” and  forbs, reduce wildfire and stimulate plant growth on forest floors and meadows.

Watch This Wolf Go Fishing

Will wolves fish?  

Five Iconic Animals of Yellowstone

“Yellowstone National Park may be best known for Old Faithful geyser and other unique geothermal features, but it’s also home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states. Learn about wolves, elk, […]

Living Soil Film

Our soils support 95 percent of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years. They filter our […]

Understanding ‘Wild Horse Fire Brigade’ 

As discussed in the compelling article published below, “Wild horses that are restored back into their evolutionary roles as keystone herbivores naturally protect forests, wildlife, watersheds and wilderness ecosystems, which benefit through symbiotic grazing by […]

Restoration of Beaver in Arizona’s San Pedro River

Beavers are a keystone species in desert ecosystems. See how beaver restoration is healing a degraded Arizona river and its Mexican tributaries.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on May 28, […]

Gulleys for Desert Grassland Restoration #2

Using a gulley to create a riparian meadow in the desert.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on May 31, 2017      To see another example of this practice, […]

Rangeland Restoration: Subsoil Contour Plowing at Circle Ranch, in far-West Texas

Subsoil contour plowing is an excellent way to increase water absorption in the desert grasslands of far-West Texas and Southern New Mexico. The effectiveness of the practice is shown in these before-and-after comparisons.  

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