This post seems to have caused nothing but aggrevation for some members and the general "feel" has been hostile from the get go. Feel free to take it down. I'll think more before sharing a find next time.
Jeff, I don't think we're being "hostile," and certainly my post and others aren't meant to cause you aggravation. I
definitely won't take this thread down or ask for anyone else to do so; there's too much valuable information in it.
The tone I read in the posts (and the tone in which mine was meant) is more of an educational one. Just as in the discussions under "Teaming with Microbes," where the subsurface life forms' importance to us wasn't understood for a long time, so are the function of subsurface water and handling it with care not always well understood. Even professionals in the field learn new things about subsurface conditions every year; that's why hydrogeologists, geologists, environmental engineers, and other subsurface specialists write articles, read journals, and hold conferences on a regular basis.
The man who made the videos may live in one of those lucky but rare locations where surface water is 1) available, 2) clean, and
3) not subject to permitting procedures.
Please do continue to share whatever you find; over the three and a half years I've been a member (I hate to think how many log-ons that means, since I rarely log on only once a day!), this forum has proven to me, at least, that important questions will be asked and that important points will not be overlooked.
OTOH, if the YouTube video provider *had* answered the questions raised above in our general discussion, many THG members would likely have raised different questions, or joined in with remarks like, "Too bad I can't do it in my county," "Hmm, wonder what it's like to shove PVC through hard-frozen dirt," and the like. And there would doubtless have been at least a few enthusiastic "Wow!" posts, too.
We don't lie in wait to shoot down ideas; we apply them to our own situations or those of our region and ask for more information. Please separate this questioning from hostility or even personal attacks, which (unless you have PMs to forward to a moderator or the webmaster) haven't been posted on this thread.
And, in case no one has said it recently, thank you for being a member of The Helpful Gardener! We missed you when you had to be away and are happy you've returned.