Drought Watch

What California's reservoirs look like right now (From KQED's The Lowdown)

We’re collecting all of our California drought coverage here, starting with the current state of the drought, then providing the background and rounding up all the stories we’ve produced.

It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

After more than five years of the most withering drought on record, California appears to be turning the corner as we approach the spring of 2017. A persistent string of weather systems off the Pacific Ocean has brought a combination of rain and snow, both of which are crucial to the state’s water supply. Most major reservoirs are at or above their “normal” levels. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, just over half of California remains in at least “moderate drought” — compared to nearly 100 percent of the state a year ago.