Thirsty Thursday…along the shore

Lob here.Lob, the Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel

We’ve got water at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, make no mistake about that.

Water on the ocean side of us…

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge beach

Water on the marshy inland side of us…

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

But this water isn’t drinkable—too salty. Thankfully, the humans here put in freshwater impoundments, mainly for the migrating shorebirds, but mammals also make their way to this reliable water.

freshwater impoundments at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Recently the humans have gone one step further with water they use at their building. They recycle it. The used water from the building goes in one end of this little marsh.

water recycling at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

It travels through the gravel bottom, past the plant roots and microorganisms and what have you in the muck,

water recycling at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

and reaches the other end cleaned up.

water recycling at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Mind you, they aren’t drinking it, but do use it again. And again, and again, we assume. It’s hard to tell what goes on in there, but that is how water cycles in the real world, so it’s nice they are taking part in cleaning it up.

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