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Zumot (Re)Forestation Project
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Posted by Anselm Ibing almost 13 years ago

late Jan 2011 - pictures of the rain waters testing the swales - with great success - so great, some of them break :)

And then it was time to test the swales - we made sure to be there when the forecast said "heavy rains" - and they were heavy. The first two pics show how a swale fills up within seconds, then how our weakest swale, that received most water (it's a slightly longer story, and was a big mistake...) becomes a lake, then breaks.

But most swales caught great amounts of water, which infiltrated into the ground. Also the many eyebrows proved effective. Overall, the two major lesson from this were:

1) Take GREAT care in leveling swales over long distances (DON'T use an A-Frame for this!!)

2) Compact your swale's berm or mound!  (the last picture shows the break in a swale, at its lowest point...)

Img 2420s Img 2425s Img 2444s Img 2456s Swales04%20copy Swales05%20copy Img 2507s

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