Salvage, Texas has a generous supply of water for the moment, and with all the changes I have made in the last few years, it is holding immense amounts of the precious stuff it takes to grow the permaculture jungles I hope to see spring up around our town that I envision.
The trick is how to capture the generous amounts that come in one season and forget about us for another.
This is not the canal, but looks like one.
While we are only located a quarter mile from the San Marcos River, once it leaves our property, we can not get this water that goes there back without paying for it from the city of Luling, and then it is treated with chemicals we do not want to ingest or use to grow with. I speak of chlorine and fluoride and the byproducts of the treatment as well as other issues that require us to filter it before use as it is now.
In order for any village or town to create a permaculture environment, it will be essential to have resources for water that do not require payment or the cost of vegetables and food grown will be crazy, and the yield hurt by the chemicals used to treat it. With that in mind, I am at least carving out the paths that will hold water after the edges collapse a bit and the root systems that were in place on the surface will have room to expand.
In some places it may be hard to imagine this much water showing up in a night, actually in a few hours, but it happens in Texas often. Unfortunately, it could be months before another follows, of any sort once the seasons change so this could be worth more than money one day.
Would you believe there is validity to the possibility that Texas will try to outlaw rainwater collection, building ponds, and extracting water from wells on private land, perhaps as early as the next legislature? Yes… sad but true unless people stand up to it when it happens.
In the mean time, what you do gets grandfathered in later, so dig doggies dig, and build your self some ways to keep the gifts that may one day only be bought.
With this we can plan on supporting many things we hope to grow without having to use well water or worse, chlorine tainted city water supplies.
Our last attempt to contain the waters led to great learning experiences and I hope to have a new plan growing this time that will allow us to capture the maximum amount and let the rest flow on to the San Marcos River. This is simply rainwater that did not accumulate on my property when a bought it years ago. Now we have tons of frogs, birds, wildlife, and a chance to bring it back into a rich state that can adapt to the coming climate changes.
I won’t keep you long. Just thought you might appreciate the incredible gifts that fall upon us while we sleep sometimes, after the work is done, and all the challenges, hurdles, and learning experiences are complete for the task at hand. While certainly no where near complete, the failure to do this now could have resulted in the damn blowing out again, and losing the many hours of work, fuel, and thought that went into the first half never really knowing just how fast such gifts could come.
Onward we go with just a few days before we find out who gets to come help and play on my toys to shape the Earth to hold more plants and life this year than ever before.