Re: How to find water on your land?
I am a firm believer in Dousing, but I won't get into that part of things.Its a debate that has no end really.
For the most part you can use maps, but actually walking the property with compass in hand is a better method. I have only lived here in Maine so my knowledge is limited to this area, but here the glaciers ran from the North and towards the Southwest. Most rivers here in Maine follow this general course, and so does the aquifer under the ground.
Since water always runs on top of bedrock, you can look around your property and find the outcrops of rock, and then follow the outcrops downhill and towards the Southwest. If you look around long enough you will see signs of water just under the surface. The key is to look for water loving vegetation, and of course topography, you will never find water high on a hill.
Interestingly enough, I use this method a lot but not to find water, but rather to find gravel. Like water, gravel came from the glaciers as well. Follow the glaciers, and you will find gravel and water.