This interactive timeline explores key developments leading into California’s historic drought. The timeline was prepared by Water Deeply, a multimedia project dedicated to coverage of California’s water crisis. For more coverage, please visit


▪ Water Files – Supply: Moving water only works when there’s enough to go around

▪ Water Files – Demand: More people, agricultural trends aggravate drought

▪ Water Files – Environment: Drought is life-or-death struggle for many species

▪ Water Files – Law & Politics: Drought-focused regulations prove hard to enforce

▪ Water Files – To-Do List: Reducing consumption is great, but you can do more

Visit The Sacramento Bee’s new multimedia partner for ​additional drought coverage, including daily updates and analysis from around California.