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The Backyard Science group regularly publishes The Daily Bucket, which features observations of the world around us.  Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds, flowers and anything natural or unusual are among the worthy topics.

 Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment.  Include, as close as is comfortable, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to as we try to understand the patterns that are unwinding around us.

Many agencies monitor construction activities in riparian areas. A few days ago I reported to FERC (the Frog Environmental Regulatory Commission).  Today I must report to ACOE (All Critters On Earth) about my construction progress  on the Frog Mitigation Area.

Here is an important element of the Mitigation Area; the waist-high waterfall.

 This crucial equipment was fabricated off-site to ASME standards. Hopefully it will provide enough drop that I can install a pumped hydrorelectric system (snark).

I still have to level the waterfall and place an impervious liner underneath. There is an opening (not shown) when I can attach a pump hose at the top, in the back.  The water cascades down through the different levels. It will churn and oxygenate the pumped water, which will fall into the soon-to-be built stream bed, and this will make enough noise to drown out the freeway traffic.

Please note all the pretty rocks in the foreground. I've been collecting those for decades, everywhere I travel. Except for the bricks, they will soon have a wetted home in this creek bed, where they can glisten and display their geologic beauty.

The black pipe is an unpermitted scheme to divert stormwater from the roof downspout into this stream system. Like many construction speculators, I'd rather apologize than ask permission.


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