Soil moisture readings at the Huasteca Regenerative Research Center (HRRC) show that the weekly flooding of swales is giving us desired soil moisture readings.
The dry season is getting underway in the Huasteca region of East Central Mexico, and that usually leads to a progressive decline in soil moisture. Workers at the center pump water up from the nearby river and it flows through our recently installed water infrastructure to the level contoured swales and berms. Soil moisture readings taken in mid-December indicate good retention in the swales and berms, as well as in the gently sloped land downslope from the swales. Taking regular soil moisture readings is the first step toward implementing monthly data collection that will give the center a much clearer reading on advances achieved through our soil regeneration and erosion reduction strategies.