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

Julie Jacobson/AP
| 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?


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


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.

LA County bans new vineyards


The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors has approved a temporary ban on new vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Exploring the psychology of the wealthy and water use


As water supplies dwindle in California, politicians, activists, and average citizens all appear to be making an effort to conserve.

Drought keeps improving water quality at local beaches


Environmental group Heal the Bay says SoCal beaches' water quality kept improving last year, in part due to the drought and corresponding decline in surface runoff.

One-third of Earth's large aquifers in danger of drying up


A pair of studies released Tuesday found a third of the world's large groundwater basins are in danger of being depleted but that we don't have the information to know when.

Coalition: California farmers illegally taking river water


A group of public water agencies has asked the state to order farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to stop irrigating their crops amid the relentless drought.