On planet Earth, fresh water is the source of life on land. How we manage our fresh waters, including the rain, dictates the environment that future generations will inherit.
To easily understand this, we think of the bank of fresh water in the Earth as a bank account. If we're always drawing from our bank account and never making any deposits, we all know how that goes. Eventually something comes up and we need a little extra and it's not there. Then we get into a cycle of increasingly severe and crippling debt. It becomes very difficult to get out of this feedback loop of scarcity.
In contrast, if we're always depositing more into our bank account than we're drawing from it, we also know how that goes. When something comes up and we need a little extra, we have it on hand in our savings from a year when we had more than we needed.
The same is true for the bank of fresh water in the Earth. But instead of money, it's the productivity, abundance, and health of life on land. The ecosystems that regulate our climate, and the healthy underground aquifers that provide surplus in times of need.
In this video, we take a closer look at this with an agricultural example, two farmers with different water and land management practices, and see how each plays out.
Thank you, Zach! This really speaks to an interest of mine - turning floodwater liabilities into groundwater assets. I became interested in this a couple of years ago when working on a property in the Texas Hill Country. The land out there has been compared to a moonscape =D
This is a super important topic. Thanks for continuing to bring attention to it!
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Great explanation. The same folks have some interesting thoughts on how high pressure zones created by dehydrating the environment lead to more drought.
I have just recently begun to understand how much wetlands beavers created and the positive impact on aquifer recharge before they were removed. Still trying to figure out an appropriate place on my property for a small pond that won’t become a stagnant stinkhole and breed mosquitoes.