Drought

Droughts can do significant harm to the industry, dropping water levels so low in lakes, rivers and streams that boaters can't use them and dealers, boatyards and marinas lose significant business.

Bidwell Canyon Marina on Lake Oroville in northern California in a photo taken in February.

No water, no boating

While the East Coast was digging out from one snowstorm after another this winter, the West Coast was digging in for another year of severe drought.

VIDEO: California lake will close because of drought

In a blow to boaters that underscores the growing extent of California’s water squeeze, the level of Diamond Valley Lake is falling so low that it will have to be closed to recreational users on April 15, the Metropolitan Water District announced Tuesday.

A drought of epic scale

People living in California and Colorado River Basin states such as Arizona and New Mexico are no strangers to drought. Even today, with water levels near historic lows, Internet surfers can still find blogs penned by locals marveling at outsiders’ panicked reaction to what has always been an issue in these parts.

California drought leads to fishing ban

The worst drought California has seen in nearly four decades is straining the drinking water supply and prompting a ban on fishing and camping in much of the state.

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