Spitting out a mouth full of lake water, they watched the water run free through the hose into the now gravity-fed water trough. The last two years had been spent planning and trying different techniques so they could utilize this section of pasture for the cattle without damage to the lakeshore. It all came together with the help of their contacts within the local watershed group. The ranch now had water for the cattle and the group was spending their time doing riparian work along the shore. They’d worked together, creating a plan for the good of all.
Ranchers are stewards of the land. They work hard to make sure cattle are rotated out of one pasture and range, into another. If this is not done, the land faces overgrazing, and can take years to be a viable feeding ground. Water sources need to be looked after too. Not only for the good of the stock, they want to have access to it, but with mismanagement of watering holes, creeks and lakes, the water can become of no use to the land, animals - wild and domestic, waterfowl, and ultimately the rancher. The sustainability of a rancher’s livelihood is dependent on the year around care of the water and land. They do this on their own, with neighbours, and with local, government and privately funded groups. It is our privilege to know and be acquainted with these stewards of the land.
October 10, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that expresses the idea, “for the water.” You can find inspiration in water protection movements. Is it a celebration or a dark dystopian warning? Consider your place and the bodies of water that have shaped you. Go where the prompt leads!
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