Water, water, water



In this time of drought and climate change, water is a topic of extreme importance. As I research land and land conservation for my America – In Land We Trust Project, I continuously come across water and proposed water use or misuse.

On Thursday night I went to a Transitions – Water meeting in Joshua Tree. After the general meeting, the topic covered was the Cadiz Water Project. We heard from two representatives of the Cadiz Corporation. I will be writing about this for both The Hi-Desert Star and the Lauren Ell of the Hi-Desert Website.

In preparation for those articles and more to come, I have been researching water issues. There is a lot out there, and I know this will be an on-going study.  I will post websites that I find particularly insightful.

The above site is published by the US Government and was written for children. It is the basics on Aquifers and groundwater. I find it useful. You might too.

Water Deeply is another site I have found to be informative and comprehensive. Check it out.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust is expanding their efforts to reach more people

The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT), a vital local force in desert conservation and environmental awareness is expanding its efforts to reach more residents of the Morongo Basin. At the first meeting of the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, this past Thursday, February 18th, Monica L. Mahoney, MDLT’s new Director of Programs and Community Initiatives, introduced herself, her art and her vision for the future.

Mahoney’s artistic beginnings in San Bernardino County and her work in the arts, ecology and landscape architecture give her a unique perspective of the desert. Mahoney gave a slide presentation on how she utilizes art as a creative catalyst for understanding and celebrating this arid ecosystem. She calls her conceptual vantage point the ‘Middle.’ That idea represents the horizon point on an artistic composition and the middle ground where people can come to together to make the best-informed decisions for our unique desert environment.

MDLT, committed to encouraging environmental education and conservation has begun a new robust plan to bring conservation and education-minded programs to the Morongo Basin. The Brown Bag series is one of several community events planned for this coming year.

One project, called, ‘Joining Forces: Plant to Paper Project, the Veterans Initiative in the Arts,’ is a collective effort between the San Bernardino Arts Connection, Mil-Tree (an arts-based veterans and community organization in Joshua Tree), and other non-profits like the Mojave Desert Land Trust. Joining Forces is offering opportunities for hiking, environmental work, paper-making, writing and life casting to Veterans. The first phase of the project will involve the removal of invasive plants under the leadership of the Mojave Desert Land Trust.

Mahoney and her team are initiating a ‘PLACE’ project, providing leadership in conservation advocacy. One aspect of this project is the ‘Community Land Stewardship’ program which includes a pilot program called ‘Stewards of the Coyote Valley,’ encouraging residents to work on, support and conserve land in their own area under the leadership and support of the MDLT.

The Land Stewardship Program is an excellent way to get out and enjoy hiking, photography, and recording observations.
The MDLT is hosting the AmeriCorps NCCC Team, a group of young people from around the country, donating their time and efforts to local conservation efforts.

On April 16, Juan Martinez, Director of Leadership, Development and Natural Leaders Network, will be the guest speaker at the MDLT Open House. Martinez, who has worked with children from underserved populations, will share his knowledge and experience of how to introduce the next generation to natural landscapes and outdoor activities.

Steve Rieman, the original designer of the new MDLT building and a world renowned sculptor will hold a lecture and tour on the sustainable design of the MDLT Headquarters (the former Hanna’s Nursery Building).

The MDLT celebrates and supports the newly designated three National Monuments: Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains Monuments.

For more information on events and programs go to the MDLT website:

MDLT Headquarters is located at 60124 29 Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree, CA 92252.

To reserve seating at the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series, email Dawn Frazier at  or call (760) 366-5440.


AmeriCorps – A wonderful government program

Young People working with the Mojave Desert Land Trust. Great people, great project, great program.