The Watering Hole

We are gifted with the presence of flowing water - salty and fresh. Salty tides traverse sandy outwash plain. As the tides give way to sandy woodlands, deep kettles filled with peat or freshwater speak to the ancient blocks of ice that caved off the retreating glacier, were buried in sandy, cobbly sediment. Elsewhere small streams traverse this undulating inland landscape providing avenues for critter migration. Moonlight, sunlight, accompanied by bouts of stormy weather grace this landscape creating an infinite medley of change as temperatures rise and fall and rise again through the seasons. Meanwhile the living things, critters including humans, navigate, evolve, and discover synergies within this panoply of natural energy.

While we mostly rejoice at our existence at the edge of salt and beside freshwater, humans are an anxious lot. Observations of cliff erodings and streams drying up tell us that our existence is married to and gifted from this panoply of energy. We must be more mindful of our impacts. While we love to recreate at the salty edges, we know that our future depends on freshwater remaining fresh and plentiful. Hence our concern with water and climate change and our desire to learn how to be gentler on the natural world. This collaborative blog is dedicated to that learning. We reserve the update section for observational pieces - words and images - that help us all learn about water resources and challenges in the Plymouth area and beyond. Please email if you have an idea for a contribution.

Dredged sand piled up along the outflow of Beaver Dam Brook following the 2013 February storm, Nemo.

Recent Updates

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By Glorianna Davenport on December 18, 2022 (updated December 19, 2022)
This website, OneWater, is premised on a belief that the availability of quality drinking water is not a “right” per se. Rather it is a privilege – a privilege of geographic location, local, state, and national governance, and a savvy public. The four projects that have been recently added to OneWater expand our knowledge about how the Plymouth Carver sole source aquifer does its job and provide a litmus test to its health.

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By Glorianna Davenport on July 20, 2022 (updated July 25, 2022)
Congratulations to David Boutt, Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his co-authors at Amherst and University of Alaska for the groundbreaking study recently published in the journal Earth’s Future about the sustainability of water extraction associated with lithium mining in the Salar de Atacama, Chile where almost half the world's supply of lithium exists. The paper, Relic Groundwater and Prolonged Drought Confound Interpretations of Water Sustainability and Lithium Extraction in Arid Lands


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