Parts of California could receive above-average rain and snow this winter but not enough to end the worsening drought, federal forecasters said Thursday.
Water in Los Angeles County's Castaic Lake is so low amid California's drought that a fisherman has recovered a handgun and a badge that a federal agent lost in the water decades ago.
All three ads promote Proposition 1, which would pay for reservoirs, water recycling, conservation and levee repairs and Proposition 2, which would require the state to set aside spikes in capital revenues during boom times to save for economic downturns.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a warning in the midst of a severe drought — conserve water now or face mandatory restrictions in the future.
Water suppliers serving more than 3,000 customers must submit monthly production numbers to the State Water Resources Control Board, which imposed statewide water restrictions in July.
California officials are urging residents and businesses to keep conserving water as the state ends another extremely dry "water year" with no guarantee the coming year will be any wetter.
With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops — from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds — are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.
State water officials are sharing plans for spending $200 million under emergency drought legislation passed earlier this year.
Groundwater makes up nearly 60 percent of California's water use during dry years. But it is not monitored and managed the same way as water from reservoirs and rivers.
As California continues to suffer from the worst drought conditions the state has seen in about 100 years, wildlife may also be suffering.
Political dignitaries from Congress to the Bakersfield City Council joined water officials Wednesday at Bakersfield College, trying to get the message across to students about what they can do to solve the water crisis.
A California lawmaker is praising a San Francisco Bay Area woman as a hero after she replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, but was then hit with a fine by her homeowners association.
About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday.
California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.
The many ways that Californians increasingly are feeling the bite of the drought made this month's legislative session one of the strongest chances ever for the state to overcome the objections of farmers and others to adopt its first statewide groundwater management plan, backers say.