Running Dry

Running Dry

Coverage of California's historic dry spell, one of the most severe droughts on record

Tuesday, Sep 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM PDT

Foothill Residents Asked to 'Judiciously Water Plants'

Foothill Residents Asked to 'Judiciously Water Plants'

As the severe drought continues to grip California, residents of an Altadena neighborhood have been told for more than a year to conserve water.

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 09:05 AM PDT

California Drought Images: Disappearing Water

California Drought Images: Disappearing Water

Dramatic images illustrate the severity of California's drought with past and recent images from around the state, now in its fourth consecutive dry year.

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 06:52 AM PDT
By Samantha Tata

Dramatic Photos of California's Drought

Historically dry winters combined with years of below-average rainfall have taken... See Full Gallery

Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015 at 01:09 AM PDT

Cities Cut Water Use By 31 Percent in July

Cities Cut Water Use By 31 Percent in July

California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding a mandate set by the governor in a fourth year of drought.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 08:41 PM PDT
By Nancy Oy

Drought: How Thirsty Are California Crops?

Major crops grown in California can soak up an incredible amount of water each... See Full Gallery

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 at 01:32 PM PDT
By Jessica Glazer

Stunning Images of the Shrinking Salton Sea

Once-bustling marinas in California's largest lake are now bone-dry See Full Gallery

Coverage of California's water crisis and updates on what might be the state's worst drought on record. Visit this page for video, galleries and reports on what's being done to address the problem.

Drought Timeline



Drought Impacts Map: Use this interactive map to see how the drought has affected agriculture, energy, plants and wildlife, water supply, industry and fire hazard.


How Much Rain Do We Need?: This tool calculates how much precipitation is required to end current drought conditions.


California Drought Monitor: A weekly update on drought severity in California, including a drought monitor map and short- and long-term outlooks.


Report Water Waste: Become a water watcher today. Find out how to report wasteful water use.