Special Coverage: Drought

Most of Lake County and parts of eastern Napa and Mendocino counties are now in moderate drought. The official difference with last year at this time is stark.
Arizona water officials committed Thursday to reach a multi-state plan by the end of the year to stave off Colorado River water shortages, or at least lessen the impact.
Scientists at Lake Tahoe say the clarity of the alpine lake that straddles the California-Nevada line sank to an all-time low last year.
A wildfire erupted Tuesday in an area of Colorado known for its ski resorts, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes and marking the latest in a series of blazes that have ignited in the drought-stricken U.S. West.
The drought may be over, but California residents should prepare themselves for new and more permanent restrictions on water use.
Rivers and watering holes are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest.
A new study by a team of UCLA climate scientists says an increasingly volatile climate is coming to California.
If Prop. 72 is approved, homeowners won’t get dunned for higher property taxes when they install rainwater capture systems.
Sonoma County is testing the concept of putting abundant wintertime water underground for use during dry summers.
The welcome run of rain and snowstorms last month more than doubled the state's snow totals for the year, hiking it to 52 percent of normal.
The current storms will help, but they are unlikely to help enough. Several more sustained storms are needed to replenish our water reserves. But they aren’t in the forecast.
Representatives from some water districts and other users expressed fears that a reinstatement of restrictions that ended last year could constitute an unprecedented power grab by the state.
California's brief escape from severe drought ended Thursday after scientists declared more than 40 percent of the state in moderate drought and water officials confirmed lower-than-normal snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.
January’s rainfall was average for the North Bay, but a dry December has forecasters worried.
The drought-prone state is off to another unusually dry start in its vital winter rain and snow season.
The Department of Water Resources reported all but one of California’s major reservoirs at or above historic averages for this time of year.
A desperate decision to truck California's native baby salmon toward the Pacific Ocean during the state's drought may have resulted in generations of lost young salmon.
Loss of water from rocks during drought caused California's Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch in height from October 2011 to October 2015, according to a new NASA study made public Wednesday.
California North Coast commercial fishermen see an ocean full of ‘shorties,’ with few salmon 27 inches and longer.
For the first time in several years, little has conspired against a truly glorious autumn. There's no more drought, the summer has been mild and the leaves — largely spared by marauding gypsy moth caterpillars — look healthy.