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California Drought News: Drought + haiku = dryku, submit your best



Water shortages are blamed for driving cattle out of state to places like Texas and Nebraska.
Water shortages are blamed for driving cattle out of state to places like Texas and Nebraska.
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Today's dryku:

Water bonds and bills
It's kind of like a film where
Drought is the villain

Speaking of drykus — for those of you who are new to the blog — we've been posting haikus related to the drought (drought + haiku = dryku = clever!). If you've been enjoying them, we've got good news. If not, now might be a good time to take that summer vacation.

That's because we want you to submit your drykus as well. Tweet them out to @kpccdryku, with hashtag #dryku. We'll select our favorites. You'll probably win some sort of poetry award and become rich beyond your wildest dreams. Or not. At the very least, you'll be helping build drought awareness 17 syllables at a time.

Now for today's drought news…

Views to a bill:

The five principles: Existing water rights’ priorities and laws must be maintained; a bond should contribute to sustainable groundwater management; it should strongly emphasize water conservation and recycling; it should include projects to restore critical migratory corridors for salmon and waterfowl; and any money dedicated to new reservoirs should pay for dedicated environmental benefits and enhanced flexibility of the California water system as a whole. (Fresno Bee)

Cattle:

Conservation:

The series of new studies being released today by researchers from the Pacific Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council and the University of California, Santa Barbara, provides a blueprint for proven, cost-effective and environmentally sound water options that can expand existing water supplies and cut wasteful, unnecessary demands by literally millions of acre-feet a year. (Sacramento Bee)

How has your community been affected by the drought? Share your story with a photo on Twitter or Instagram. Tag it #mydrought. For more details on our photo project, click here.