‘Soil for Water’ Project Focuses on Catching and Holding Rainwater

NCAT’s long-term Soil for Water project was featured online by USDA’s Southwest Climate Hub. Soil for Water takes a biological approach, working with landowners on increasing the infiltration and water-holding capacity of soils by making them healthier. Activities are guided by five principles of soil health: (1) Keep the soil surface covered; (2) Keep live roots in the ground; (3) Promote biodiversity; (4) Minimize soil disturbance; and (5) Incorporate livestock. The project is building a network of ranchers who are trying regenerative grazing methods and sharing their results. Network members get help setting up grazing demonstrations on their property and conducting long-term rangeland monitoring so they can tell if their soils and vegetation are improving.