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Altar Valley Conservation Alliance & ranch-based water harvesting

Wonderfully effective examples of water harvesting in the rural setting, including harvesting water off dirt roads and utilizing induced meandering to stop down-cutting erosion of arroyos and help beneficially reconnect waterways with their floodplains.

Slide the circle with the two arrows to the left or right in the image above to compare the site conditions before and after the effect of water and sediment harvesting.
Photos: Brad Lancaster

See here for more before and after photos, and my write up on their Elkorn/Las Delicias watershed restoration demonstration project.

Where: Altar Valley is southwest of Tucson, AZ
31˚ 49’ 08.88N 111˚ 29’ 21.13” W

Contact the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance for workshops and tours

To see photos of some of the strategies harvesting water off the dirt road up to Elkhorn Ranch, and the impressive results, scroll down to the bottom of the blog post here.

For different water-harvesting strategies on a different ranch see:

Where rocks have made the water flow: a water-harvesting Arizona ranch

For water-harvesting strategies that helped stabilize pathways and revegetate disturbed desert at an arboretum see:

Growing the Soil-Carbon Sponge by Tweaking Trails, Irrigation Line Protection, & Erosion-Control to Harvest Rainwater, Soil, & Seed

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