I haven't heard of that practice over there. I know I did see several man made "lakes" while I was there but all were either bone dry or close to it. It is a desert country and I do not know of it's underground water system.Are there practical ways in that the rainy season water is conserved for use in the dry season? Not my favorite state, but CA comes to mind (they actually take excess surface water and dump it back into underground aquifers, sometimes called spreading areas.) Other states do same on a smaller scale to ensure that desert wildlife (i.e. bighorn sheep) have adequate year-round water. Yes, it takes $ for that to happen, but...
LV is the worst example of water wastage (but, NV is also the state that provides the water to the desert Bighorn Sheep.) No comparison in the amounts...I think 5 out of 6 rivers in AZ now run dry. Why is that? Lake Mead feeds the CO River (which "feeds" AZ, NV, and CA-but LV wastes unbelievable amounts of water!) hint: Overdevelopment. 'See it all the time at work. I do my job, leave, and they overdevelop the area for profit-only.I haven't heard of that practice over there. I know I did see several man made "lakes" while I was there but all were either bone dry or close to it. It is a desert country and I do not know of it's underground water system.
I know here in South Texas they create dams around the openings to Edwards Aquifer in the recharge zone so that water from the runoff will be channeled down to the aquifer. Like filling up a bath tube but leaving the plug out, it rains, tub fills up, two days later it's dry as a bone, but the aquifer went up.
I know we waste a lot of water here in the states and don't give it a second thought. Having visited those areas I am much more aware of the water that I waste here at home and try to be a better steward of it.
Well, thank God. So the crakes will winter well in the Limpopo River valley. I have a young spaniel to train next year, and crake is the perfect subject for that. And oddly enough, they winter in south-east Africa.
That is a beautiful sight to see. When we get rain like that here in the states, the majority of people just bitch and moan about all the damage it causes and we can't wait for the water to recede. For the people of Africa, that is life itself flowing under that bridge. Something to be celebrated and cause rejoicing throughout the land.