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California Drought News: Drought makes it rain for water holders

Photo by Stuart Richards via Flickr Creative Commons

Today's dryku:
Water holders thrive 
In land of milk and honey 
But beekeepers don't

Keep sending in those #dryku to @KPCCdryku. In the meantime, Tuesday's drought news roundup asks what you'd do if you had a time-traveling DeLorean. Securing dibs on water rights might not be a bad bet.

Groundwater gold:

  • If you've got water, you stand to make a lot of money selling it to those that don't. Lauren Sommer looks into statewide plans for groundwater and explains how it's changing hands.
More than 60 billion gallons of groundwater are being proposed in water sales this year – either sold for profit or substituted for water sold for profit, according to a KQED analysis of documents filed with state and federal agencies. (KQED)

Foodstuffs:

  • The drought's already driven up prices for part of our grocery lists. Short-grained rice, beef and eggs have gotten more expensive. Fruits and vegetables haven't so much, but that may change.
Any fruit and vegetable price changes would take about a month to hit supermarket shelves, Richard Volpe, an economist for the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), estimated. ERS forecasts that fruit and vegetable prices will rise by about 3 percent in 2014, lower than the 6 percent rise expected in beef, and the 5 percent to 6 percent rise expected in egg prices from factors excluding the drought. (International Business Times)
  • It's too dry for bees to find easy sources of nectar and pollen. That's driving down their honey production. One beekeeper says he's down to four barrels when in the past he's had 50-60. (CBS Sacramento)

Bond problems:

  • There's still little consensus in Sacramento when it comes to getting a water bond to the November ballot. A Democratic-proposed measure failed an initial Senate vote. It's not dead yet, but time is running out for a new one to be offered. Many think voters won't go for the old one. (AP via Sacramento Bee)

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