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Debate flares over giving wildlife artificial water sources

Mojave Desert

Katherine Davis

Cliff McDonald (R) helps a Water for Wildlife volunteer patch cracks in a cement drinker.

Mojave Desert

Katherine Davis

Cliff McDonald surveys the damage to a 1940s era artificial water source in the Mojave Desert before beginning work to repair it with his team of volunteers.

Mojave Desert

Katherine Davis

Water for Wildlife volunteers repave parts of a cracked cement drinker in the Mojave Desert in February 2014.

Mojave Desert

Katherine Davis

Cliff McDonald takes a break while working on a drinker restoration volunteer project in the Mojave Desert in February 2014.


The ongoing drought has many agencies in California reevaluating how they use water. The Mojave National Preserve in the southeastern part of the state is developing a new water management plan.

But, Katherine Davis reports the process has reignited debate about whether to keep giving wildlife artificial sources of drinking water.
 


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