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But down in the desert, we like to leave what little water there is for the local fauna.
Quote from: menandlois on November 05, 2015, 09:32:58 AM But down in the desert, we like to leave what little water there is for the local fauna. I understand why many people think this. The rangers preach it, and common sense makes it seem like a logical conclusion. But I would encourage you to go see some of these desert springs. A spring is not a bowl of water, like a tinaja, that has a finite amount of water that will dry up if we take too much, and it is not replenished with rain. It is water that is constantly pushed up by really hard rock up to the surface. It flows on the surface for a little ways, then it gets re-absorbed back into the dirt. If you, or I, or an animal isn't right there at the time it is flowing over the surface, it simply returns underground. The amount of water that the animal, or you , or I take has no bearing on how much will be pushed up when we leave. All the water from the springs either evaporates, is absorbed underground out of sight, or we enjoy as a cool drink. Find a spring and watch the water flow, it may change your mind about the resource the desert has to offer to us backpackers. 8.23 pounds/ gallon ! That kind of weight should be spent on something valuable.........li ke whiskey .
Concerning ground water conservation: I see myself as part of the fauna on earth not an intruder or a thief. The earth's resources are meant to be used by me but I have the responsibility of being a good steward. The inescapable fact is: "I am part of nature." Depending on ground water for survival brings me closer to the earth and deepens my primal desert experience.
The ranger(?) who issued us our permit told us to hide the water behind a tree near the trailhead.
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