A Place of Your Own Part Ten: Got Water

I have been involved in land sales and purchases for many years now, and the most persistent question from land buyers (me included) is, “Does the tract have water on it?” Good question. As a land investor, water has always been important to me because it always seemed important to the folks I was selling land to. But, why? Well, a few years ago I asked an older gentleman why this was such a big deal to him. “Son, I figure a creek would be hard to add after I buy some land, so I’d much prefer to have it from the start.” Good … [Read more...]

Tips and Techniques – Water Terms

Water is always a topic that seems to come up whenever folks are buying land, selling it, or improving what they already own.  What is the difference between a creek and a stream?  a pond and a lake?  What is meant by riparian doctrine?  What is watershed?  a gaining stream?  porosity? Whether you are buying, selling, or improving, it is best to understand what these terms mean, and sometimes it can be an overwhelming task to search a host of different locations for such information.  We have compiled a list of nearly 100 terms that will be … [Read more...]

Water Glossary

A Absorption - the process by which chemicals in gaseous, liquid or solid phases are incorporated into and included within another gas, liquid, or solid chemical. For example, a sponge absorbs water. Acid mine drainage - water draining from areas that have been mined for coal or other mineral ores. The drainage water is acidic, sometimes having a pH less than 2.0, because of its contact with sulfur-bearing material. Acid rain - precipitation that has a low pH ( low pH is defined as anything less than 5.6). The precipitation becomes … [Read more...]