Please Don't Drive Into This Ditch

Water management ditch at Maupin Wapinitia Air Strip

Water management ditch at Maupin Wapinitia Air Strip

Ditches at Maupin Airstrip Are an Important Water Management Tool

The owner of the property that we call Maupin, i.e. the Wapinitia Air Strip, is very clear that the newly dug ditches along his property cannot be driven in, on, or through by us or anyone else. The reason is that ditches are a water management tool. They drain water out of land that is marshy with snow melt.  They also direct water runoff into a channeled flow, helping to mitigate flooding or roaring spring rivers.  They also are an environmental protection tool. Water-logged land becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Draining the land helps to cut down on marshy mosquito marathons. Considering that we have experienced those mosquitoes ourselves, we should be glad to help keep the ditches in good repair. Please help us find ways to self-enforce our landowner’s request, or we are in danger of losing this location altogether.