With a little creativity, water can be managed efficiently and almost effortlessly. At the heart of good water care is understanding the ecosystem of water. Water is the source of all life, and as such is filled with living organisms. Water holding areas like ponds and lakes serve important ecological roles. Ponds filter silt, preventing it from infiltrating creeks and rivers where it can disturb fish habitats.
Working the soil to form ditches and swales channels water to where you want it to go. Using rocks or wood chips can filter dirt and metals from water. In this lesson, learn about innovative ways to filter water, store and hold water, improve microbial health, and using water to make compost tea.