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On the eve of a historic honeymoon in California, a group of California beekeepers and beekeepers’ friends have been battling for decades to protect bees from a threat that’s becoming more common.
A coalition of beekeepers, conservationists and other groups has been trying to win approval to put an artificial hive in a remote California canyon near the Gold Rush Dam.
The project is one of several attempts by California’s agricultural regulators to limit the spread of Colony Collapse Disorder, a disease that causes colonies to collapse and kill workers and pollinators, and that has caused a wave of honeybee deaths across the state.
The California Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers Alliance of Southern California have filed a lawsuit, arguing that the dam’s “hazardous condition” poses a public health threat.
Beekeepers say the dam is “a real bee hinterland,” where bees can’t survive and are prone to colony collapse.
But the dam also provides a vital habitat for thousands of wildflowers and other species, including a large population of honeybees that are pollinating crops.
The dam is located just north of a key corridor for water in the Sacramento Valley that is critical for California’s beekeeping industry.
The state has been at the forefront of efforts to protect honeybees, but there is a history of the dam protecting the agricultural industry.
A study published in 2016 by a group called the California Honey Bee Advisory Council concluded that the honeybees would be “significantly impacted” if the dam were closed to farmers.
In 2014, the state issued an emergency order to temporarily shut down the dam, saying the state was concerned about the impact on the state’s agricultural industry, its water supply, and the health of the California Beekeeper Association.
The order was later rescinded.
The beekeepers have filed lawsuits challenging the order.
The dams health impact on water quality, including the possibility of the algae that is produced in the water coming back to the dam from the aquifer, is also one of the main concerns the California state agriculture department has raised with the dam owners.
The department said in a statement that “we take these matters very seriously, and we are working closely with the California Department of Water Resources to evaluate the impact of the Dam on water supplies and the safety of the public.”
The California beekeeper’s group is among several groups that have sued to stop the dam.
The coalition, which includes farmers, conservation groups and others, has said the dam would be an “unmitigated disaster” for honeybees.
The group says the dam has been in use since the 1930s, but it has been a “failed project” that has “caused massive ecological and economic damage to the state.”
The group also said the California drought is the result of the drought and that the drought has led to a spike in the number of honey bee deaths.
In 2015, the dam was shut down after an outbreak of the virus called Acute Encephalitis in California.
The California Department for Agriculture said that at least 14 people had died from the virus and that more than 1,000 people have died in California from Acute Evacuation Syndrome.
The Dam and other dams have been a source of public criticism in the state for decades.
In 2015, a federal judge found the dam a public nuisance.
The dam was also a major source of the toxic smog that was choking California in 2015.
In recent years, there has been increased pressure on the dam owner, the California Coastal Commission.
A federal judge last year found that the agency’s board of commissioners improperly acted against its duty to protect the dam when it gave the project the green light.
The commission, which was previously made up of farmers, has since been overhauled to include a panel of environmental experts and an independent administrator.
In the meantime, the honey bees have been at risk.
In 2016, the coalition said that honey bee colony numbers had declined by more than 80 percent in the past decade, and some scientists believe the problem is linked to warmer winters and more intensive cultivation.
“It is clear that honey bees are being overharvested and that we’re not going to be able to support honey bee populations,” said Chris Stahl, a beekeeper from San Francisco who also helped write the coalition’s lawsuit.
“The only way to save these bees is to stop watering the dam.”
In response to the lawsuit, the State Water Resources Control Board last year approved a plan to purchase the dam for $10 million and to build a habitat that would protect the bees.
The plan will go into effect on Monday.
The plan was supported by the California Agricultural Growers Association and other agriculture interests, including California Honey Farmers, which is headquartered in the Golden State.
“The dam’s been around for a long time and it has never failed to have impacts,” said Steve Bowers, executive director of the agriculture group. “We