Not much snowfall this past winter and very little rainfall so far this year is creating another exceptional drought and the need for water to be delivered to the national forest to keep all the animals alive till hopefully the monsoons start. Many people have been hauling water for weeks now and on June 7th we finally got the call from the local forest service office asking if we could help again this year like we did in 2018.
Lynn Pace continues to drop water with her large trucks. She has put a total of 20,000 gallons in the earthen tank for Betty (another permittee) and has now started to put 20,000 gallons in Hall Tank over the next 10-14 days (2000 went in today, 18,000 more to be added) and keeping our troughs full. In my report to the forest service today we have put 24,075 gallons of water out since 6-8-21. Huge thanks to Zeke and Deb who put 1100 gallons out for us and will now be back to helping Betty at their permitted location.
On Saturday I saw a plea from the Grey Mountain Horse Heroes for additional water to help the herds north of Flagstaff and on Sunday spoke with Beth who has been coordinating both water and hay for the wild horses in that area. Wanting to help we have sent $1000 to their water hauler, Mark at Right Water to make an extra 4000 gallon delivery each of the next four weeks. He has been going out once a week lately and can now increase it to two. To help them have more water capacity we purchased a 700 gallon water trough from Olsen's Grain in Flagstaff at a cost of $435.63, which was taken up to the horses yesterday. Also, to help with the lack of grazing grasses through our Hope's Legacy Emergency Food Fund we purchased $1000 worth of hay for the Gray Mountain horses too.
So far in this past week we have invested $4337.63 in the trough, water from water haulers and fuel for our smaller water tenders delivering to our permitted locations. Cost per 1000 gallons is $60. We anticipate the need will last another 4-8 weeks so any donations to help continue to provide water and troughs till the rains come will be much appreciated.
While the pictures here are of horses, we know that deer, antelope, elk, birds, small cats and other wildlife have also been drinking the water. Your support to help provide water for ALL the animals is needed and so very much appreciated. To make a tax deductible donation just click our Donate Now! button and scroll down our donation page to use PayPal, Debit/Credit cards, Venmo and there are instructions for sending checks.
Together we can keep the lifesaving water flowing and help prevent dehydration or worse yet death as we have seen in past years. We thank you in advance for your support and sharing this need with your friends.
Let's do this!!!!!!
Christine and everyone at EqWBR