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Water cycle

Posted by Peter Donovan 3 years, 9 months ago

Much conventional thinking about the environment tends to separate "parts" of the same whole. In dealing with water problems, for example, we tend to focus on symptoms -- such as flooding, erosion, and riparian conditions -- rather than causes, which are almost always related to the function of the water cycle.

Remonitoring in California

Posted by Peter Donovan 4 years, 2 months ago

This winter's remonitoring of California baseline carbon plots established in January-February 2011 showed most with little change, or slight losses. The highest gain was from a plot near Watsonville managed with holistic planned grazing by Joe Morris of TO Cattle Company ( which showed significant increases in all three layers sampled, with results viewable on the map of soil carbon change:

From "sequestration" to investment

Posted by Peter Donovan 4 years, 2 months ago

While there's increasing recognition of the soil carbon opportunity, effective policy or markets haven't arisen. It may be how we're thinking about it. We may be out of position.

Challenge update December 2014: some monitoring results

Posted by Peter Donovan 4 years, 6 months ago

Peter Donovan and Ralph Corcoran. Photos by Didi Pershouse.

Infiltration test

Posted by Peter Donovan 5 years ago

Stan Boyd of South Dakota NRCS made a great little video about doing a simple, single-ring infiltration test on three different types of management. "[Infiltration] responds very rapidly to changes in management."