Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will require the first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Here's why lawmakers and the governor acted, and what the new laws mean.
California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off into California rivers.
The Napa quake jump-started several streams in the Napa and adjoining valleys, but how long they'll run and where the water is coming from is hard to pin down.
As the drought continues, efforts to spur action include an online game that puts users in charge of California's water supply.
The peculiar set of ocean conditions is known as a California rainmaker -- but El Niño's reputation has been greatly exaggerated.
The era of unlimited groundwater pumping in California could be ending. A package of bills would require local agencies to restore over-pumped aquifers.
On top of the drought, the South Napa Quake damaged dozens of water pipes and last month a ruptured pipe ruptured on the UCLA campus leaked about 20 million gallons of water. So how strong is California's water infrastructure?
Some parts of California’s mountains have been uplifted by as much as half an inch in the past 18 months because the massive amount of water lost in the drought is no longer weighing down the land, causing it to rise a bit like an uncoiled spring.
From heavy machinery to hand-held flour sifters, this town is pulling out all the stops to save its water.
Plants have evolved all sorts of ways to survive the dry times in California.
Enforcement strategies are all over the map, literally and figuratively.
Odds of a strong pattern of warm Pacific waters forming in time to bring winter rains are diminishing.
Stanford launches a major investigation of the state's dwindling groundwater resources and finds "alarming" gaps.
Those surveyed say they favor mandatory restrictions on water use.
Investigative report prompted legal action. And some districts are responding.
Watering your lawn or washing your car may become a lot more expensive. State regulators have approved new fines aimed at water wasters, hoping the penalties will lead to a reduction in water use.
Economists estimate that the drought will cost the state's farm economy about $2.2 billion this year, including the loss of more than 17,000 jobs.
Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
State lawmakers approved the delay in late June, and at the same time tightened up the environmental review process for fracking permits.