A Foggy Source of Water Becomes Clear
If there’s one thing that rings true much of the year, the Monterey Peninsula has no shortage of fog. It obscures the scenery, puts a damper on plans (and moods) and can be collected and used as a supplemental water source. Wait. What?
Dan has had experience building fog collectors here and has traveled extensively through Chile—one of the first countries to initiate such efforts. He, along with many experts in the field, believe that fog collectors may be a potential source for reforestation on land that doesn’t have piped-in water. “In some areas where there’s little or no rain, there is fog,” he says. “The best fog collection is at elevations of 2,000 feet or above. One project in Chile was close to the ocean and nets were set up to pipe water down to a village, supplying their water for nine years. Another used fog to water a grove of olive trees and soon they’ll be producing olive oil using the fog-fed plants.”