Globally, we are seeing the results of broken water cycles. By; Nick Steiner By removing vegetation and building impermeable drains we are preventing water from infiltrating into the soil. Instead, we get runoff and erosion, leading to flooding further down stream. During the dryer periods this water inside the soil is missing and we see the results as droughts and dying crops. Throughout the droughts, the soil surfaces become even harder, leading to further reduced infiltration and increased runoff when the next rain comes. Luckily, we can revive our water sheds and stop the watershed death spirals. Two major strategies here are the design of landscapes that slow, spread and soak rain into the soil, as well as replanting these degraded areas with a diverse mix of appropriate vegetation. Plants act as fantastic water pumps and transpire needed water into the air. We need plants to bring rain to areas further away from our coasts. I'm incredible grateful to learn about the different strategies of water cycle restoration from Zach Weiss in his amazing Water Stories course. This knowledge is vital in our work at Climate Farmers to support farmers with building water resilient farms and being able to grow crops and animals during droughts. Water cycle restoration is (in my opinion) the fastest and most promising route to solving the climate crisis. Every bit of regeneration needs water. Let's start there. If you want to learn more about the potential of water cycle restoration, you should join the water stories community: https://lnkd.in/eVDgk5Cj If you want to get support with water cycle restoration on your farm or land, please feel free to reach out to me directly.
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