Drought-hit Californians enlist 'water witch'

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Drought-hit Californians enlist 'water witch'

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France24 wrote:Holding a V-shaped branch point down, David Sagouspe examines the cracked soil of a California farm. Under the blazing sun, he takes a breath and sets off, mechanically turning the branch five times towards the sky and five times towards the ground.

He stops, marks the spot with a pink flag and nods. "People would pay a lot of money for that strata right there," he says, referring to underground water.

For more than 40 years, Sagouspe has worked as a dowser, also known as a "water witch," offering to help the largest farmers in central California find groundwater.

Proudly claiming to live in "America's orchard" but desperate in the face of increasingly extreme droughts, farmers are turning to him more and more.
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Two things intrigue me about this story; first, why is it reported by France 24? Second, Sagouspe favours using an olive-wood forked twig, wrapped in black tape, because, 'Willow is too fast-reacting for me'. I thought we'd all moved past the idea that particular woods were better than others, but it seems some water dowsers still cling to these old shibboleths.
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