Water & Drought

Water Files: Key factors help understanding of California’s historic drought

California’s historic drought –illustrated clearly by the beached marina at Folsom Lake –is the result of several key factors, and dealing with it has raised several tough issues.
California’s historic drought –illustrated clearly by the beached marina at Folsom Lake –is the result of several key factors, and dealing with it has raised several tough issues. AP

California's water crisis has been years in the making, the consequence of shifting weather patterns, economic forces and lifestyle choices. Five primers from the independent digital media project Water Deeply, along with an interactive timeline with key benchmarks from the drought’s genesis until now, provide basic, important information about many facets of the drought and how we are dealing with it. Those stories have been posted individually, and links to all of them are included here.

Collection of stories, timeline from Water Deeply:

▪ 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: Political opportunity arises from inadequate laws

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

▪ Water Files timeline: It has been a long road to dry times out West

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

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