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Hi lovely permies, I just wanted to share some amazing animations that our team made to explain the water cycle and all of it's iterations. The Full Water Cycle, (how the water cycle functioned before humans were involved and how it worked in a balanced and interconnected way), The Watershed Death Spiral, (the state of things now, after many many years of humans disturbing this cycle), and The Revived Water Cycle, (a way for humans to act as keystone species, reviving the health of our land and water).

SO, a while back we released them on our Water Stories Community, which you can join for free, but we decided to also release them on Youtube so that they are more shareable. However, the youtube versions do have a watermark on them so if you want the higher quality non watermarked version you can always go to our community for that. But anyway! Below is The Full Water Cycle and I will update this thread as we release the others on Youtube.

Most of us have been taught an over simplified story of the water cycle. The full water cycle is much more complicated and interconnected than what we learned in school. Here, we tell the whole story.





 
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The stream and all the associated forest and land texture surrounding it that I played in and loved as a kid is completely gone....trees trucked off and land form flattened so that a house and grass could take its place.  I asked my dad how they could do something like this to a stream like that and he said the stream dried up years ago when a larger lot was developed into elderly housing (yeah, that lot was completely destroyed too....decimation looks great in comparison).  I just can't come to terms with what our society values and what it's blind to.  Thank you so much for the work you're doing.  Maybe someone else's stream will be saved.  Maybe someday people will reverse the damage we've done to watersheds, and we'll demand that our landscapes around our homes are functioning complex ecosystems.
 
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Greg Martin wrote:The stream and all the associated forest and land texture surrounding it that I played in and loved as a kid is completely gone....trees trucked off and land form flattened so that a house and grass could take its place.  I asked my dad how they could do something like this to a stream like that and he said the stream dried up years ago when a larger lot was developed into elderly housing (yeah, that lot was completely destroyed too....decimation looks great in comparison).  I just can't come to terms with what our society values and what it's blind to.  Thank you so much for the work you're doing.  Maybe someone else's stream will be saved.  Maybe someday people will reverse the damage we've done to watersheds, and we'll demand that our landscapes around our homes are functioning complex ecosystems.



Hi Greg,

It's exactly stories like yours that have made us want to do something about this water cycle disturbance. We have unfortunately heard many that are similar.

We do believe that it is possible to reverse the damage done to watersheds, because we have seen that work done by others and with projects we've done as well, which is why it is ultimately our goal to teach others how to restore them so we can have this kind of decentralized watershed restoration all over the world!  
 
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Hi there, just wanted to post the next video in the series. The Watershed Death Spiral. This video details how human impact has deeply disturbed the water cycle, how that has affected our climate extremes, and where we are at now.



Human activity has disturbed the Full Water Cycle, resulting in the increasingly common and severe Flood, Drought, and Fire we are experiencing; as well as rising global temperatures and extreme climate.
 
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The "full" atmospheric water cycle is only (less than) half the story... check out the work of the Primary Water Institute. primarywaterinstitute.org

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And here is the Revived Water Cycle!



Humans can also be a creative, constructive force within Earth’s ecosystems. By creating decentralized water retention landscapes we act as keystone species, reviving the health of our land and water.  Join the Water Stories community to learn how, and for the original unwatermarked versions and tons of other water restoration related content.

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Humans as Keystone Species
This shift takes place by transforming the water-sheds that have been created, back into water-catchments. Community driven, decentralized water retention projects rehydrate landscapes and restore the health and vitality of ecosystems and communities. When we act for water, it creates positive ripple effects through the web of life.

How Do We Do It?
It starts with a newfound respect for water and nature - changing our relationship from one of control, to one of cooperation and symbiosis. Reforesting, revegetating, terracing landscapes, and creating water bodies, all helps the land receive the seasonal rains. Decentralized Water Retention Landscapes help distribute and balance the availability of this vital resource.  Reconnecting waterways with their floodplains, and providing space for water to gather and infiltrate during flood events, further increases the seasonal recharge. Treating the catchment area by reestablishing forests, diverse vegetation and consistent groundcover improves the health of the soil, and the infiltration and retention of rains.  

What Are the Results?
Storing the seasonal rains within the earth-body ensures abundant and healthy water supplies throughout the year, and into the future. Rehydrating the landscape gives ecosystems the change to rebound to a state of health. Fresh water from the oceans is recharged back into the earth, replenishing groundwater and aquifers. Springs come back to life, and the streams and rivers become full of fish and wildlife once again. With abundant water, vegetation photosynthesizes for longer throughout the year, cooling the air and regulating the temperature - the heat dissipates. Hygroscopic microorganisms growing within the forests drift into the atmosphere, again seeding water vapor into clouds and then rain. The forests trap heat as they convert water from a liquid to a gas, for that heat to then be released higher in the atmosphere when the gas re-condenses back into a liquid. The low pressure systems created by this process draw in more humidity from the coast. This forms a feedback loop. In this way The Full Water Cycle can be restored, and with it a balanced and productive climate.

How long does it take?
When working with water, people see the results of their efforts after the first rainy season. Year after year the landscape stays green for longer and is more productive. As the ecosystem develops interconnectedness and complexity, productivity continues to increase. These actions make sense for a human time scale as they provide us feedback with each passing rain. Huge transformations are possible within a decade, and people clearly see the results of their actions quickly, empowering them to gain confidence and community to expand their work.  

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Participate here! Join the discussions, watch our videos, and share with your friends, family, and community. Without people around the world implementing these solutions, the potential impact cannot be realized. This revolution is by the people, and for the people and  planet.

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I just went through the Phoenix Airport and noticed a mural above a water fountain with the well-intended but ironically misleading message “water doesn’t grow on trees”. Trees make rain, and catch dew and fog accounting for most of the fresh water we rely on!
 
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Austin Durant wrote:The "full" atmospheric water cycle is only (less than) half the story... check out the work of the Primary Water Institute. primarywaterinstitute.org



Thank you! That video does NOT tell the whole story. I live outside of Death Valley.. very little rain, yet we have springs gushing at miraculous volume. Mathematically impossible that this is from rainfall recharged aquifers!

https://primarywater.org/

 
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