We went out today someplace in the American Redoubt to check out a 100 acre parcel for a consulting client looking for a nice spot to build a home. Yes, the client wants water. This is a year round spring plus some seasonal run off.
As we explored up the valley we came across many small dams where the previous homesteader had backed up the water and piped it for various uses, both domestic and for irrigation. It's important to inspect the water source all the way to its' origin. The northern neighbor was not around so we didn't get to hike up to the springs start point, but we'll come back for this later if the client approves this property to move onto the next inspection phase.
Speaking of neighbors, we were able to locate another parcel owner and verify the year round status of the spring/stream. Even though the USFS map shows a year round water source, the maps can be many years old, and the status of these features can change. Always talk to the owner and neighbors about water features.