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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?

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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.

LA County bans new vineyards

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.