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California Drought News: F-words inspired by the drought



This bear sits outside the California's Governor's office donated by Arnold Schwarzenegger
This bear sits outside the California's Governor's office donated by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Photo by Brook Ward via Flickr Creative Commons

Today's dryku:
Lions, ki-yotes, bears
Coming down to hang with us
It's not the drought's fault

Today's drought news roundup categorizes stories by F-words. Not those F-words.

Farmers:

Wilbur also changed how he cools his cows waiting in the holding pen before milking. While he once doused them with a generous amount of water, he has shortened the time the sprinklers are on to a mere 30 seconds. Then the water stays off for four minutes. That allows time to dissipate about 80% of the moisture off the cows before the sprinkler system comes on again, he said. (Dairy Herd Management)

Fauna:

“In many cases, resources along the edge of the suburbs are far more reliable than resources out in the wild, because every year people are going to irrigate their fruit trees. Every year they’re going to irrigate their lawns,” said Tom Scott, University of California Cooperative Extension specialist. “Animals are quick to use resources that are available.” So much so that the black phoebe bird, which once inhabited remote areas near streams, is now ubiquitous in suburbs, where it finds plenty of water in swimming pools, Scott said. (Al Jazeera America)

Frightening future forecast of furious flooding:

Lester Snow, head of the nonprofit California Water Foundation and former leader of the state Department of Water Resources under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), said the wildfire and El Niño combination this year could shorten the life span of some California reservoirs by building up sediment and decreasing the volume of water they can hold. At worst, he said, the debris and contaminant runoff from post-fire flooding could severely damage ecosystems and threaten properties. (E&E Publishing)

Feel free to use your own F-word now. (Just not in the comments)

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