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

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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:

  • Environmentalists, politicians and water managers all gathered in the capitol yesterday to try to break a deadlock on a water bond. Matt Weiser reports that they presented five demands for such a bond before they'll support it:
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)
  • Reuters was at the event too, but they chose to frame it as a general request for action. They also got quotes from a rancher who's hit hard times. More on that in a bit. (Reuters via Scientific American)
  • Who else is weighing in on California's water decisions? How about the editorial board of an Arizona newspaper? They tend to be much less sympathetic to the Delta smelt. They see our situation as something they may have to face in the future. (AZ Central)

Cattle:

  • That rancher I mentioned two items up? He says he's had to sell off 90 percent of his herd. Hay has nearly doubled in price, which makes it less cost effective to keep the cows. (CBS Sacramento)

Conservation:

  • The Pacific Institute and the NRDC will be releasing a report today that says we have more water than we think. Peter Gleick and Kate Poole preview the report and say we can save up to 14 million acre feet of water annually.
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.

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