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Your idle computer could help scientists study the drought

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| Researchers from Oregon State University want to use a sophisticated computer program to identify at the factors behind the current drought, and they need your help.

California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought

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Millions of Californians expecting relief on their water bills for taking conservation measures instead are finding higher rates and drought surcharges.

California hits highest water conservation levels yet

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Californians throttled back on water usage in May. That could be good news for hitting mandatory conservation targets, but was it just because of the cooler weather?

As water dwindles, Catalina seeks more desalination

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L.A. County supervisors are looking at helping finance expanded desalination on Catalina Island, which is facing a 50 percent cut in water use.

Brown signs bill making water well logs public

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation making public the logs that water well drillers file with the state.

How a historical blunder helped create the water crisis in the West

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In 1922, seven states drew up a plan for dividing the waters of the Colorado River. But they overestimated how much water the river could provide.

#ISeeChange: Are sphinx moths common in the high desert?

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A moth seen in a Victorville yard for the first time may not signal a shift in range, but scientists say the moth’s presence may reflect drought in the high desert.

Take Two

Santa Barbara to re-open mothballed desalination plant

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It will cost $54 million to open, and Santa Barbara has already cut water use by about 24 percent, but water managers say re-engineering the desalination facility is worth it.