The shrinking desert lake has long been a trouble spot beset by rising salinity and unhealthy dust blowing from its increasingly exposed bed.
In the rural towns around Visalia, drought is a perpetual plight and wells are going dry.
The highly altered waterway still harbors stretches of wild beauty.
The upstream effort to restore a river and its fish.
An interactive map visualizes restoration efforts on the San Joaquin River.
The most acute problem, experts say, is the lack of controls on groundwater pumping.
Unhoused Angelenos use the urban river as a source of sustenance, but a proposal to revitalize the waterway could push them out.
Agencies in two counties are pursuing different approaches to address overdraft and meet requirements of California’s groundwater law.
Some worry about Wall Street’s involvement in trading water, but two researchers argue the risks are likely overblown.
California pistachio farmers are facing off against the U.S. Navy over water rights. The outcome could shape future legal fights as climate change upends the status quo.