California drought declaration
The first drought declaration has been announced.
As noted in the article, fires will be much more common, firefighters will be hired of necessity, agricultural crops will have irrigation water diverted to other uses. Well drillers should see a bonanza as almond growers drill wells in record numbers. What will be the impact on almond pollination which should start in @3 weeks? Probably will reduce the bloom period and quality of bloom. Growers may deliberately pull bees out of almonds early to avoid higher fruit set which drives increased water requirements by the trees.
DarJones - 44 years, 10 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell