The Lavan River Is Flowing!

Sunday, January 07, 2018 |  Aviel Schneider

Oren knows that when the Lavan runs wild, he calls me and we usually hurry down into the desert. Flooding in the usually dry riverbeds is always an incredible sight. The Lavan - translated means "white" - flows directly next to our vineyard and future olive grove. A wonder in the middle of the dry sandy desert. The last time that the Lavan river flowed was about three years ago.

Many years ago at dusk, after a four-day desert trip, we reached the full water reservoir situated between Kadesh Barnea and Beer Milka and swam in it! A surreal moment that neither my wife Anat nor any of my children will ever forget. Until about 10 years ago the desert runoff was collected in an artificial water reservoir for agricultural use in the Nizanna area.

This artificial reservoir was broken after a flood and since then the rainwater - when the Lavan flows - continues on into Egypt. The rainfall is urgently needed for agriculture and to fill the subterranean aquifer, which is important for agriculture, including our vineyard and olive grove. The desert is more exciting and alive than you can imagine.

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