Low river levels allow prospectors to pan for gold in areas that are normally deep underwater.
California is in the fourth year of a drought — a bone-dry spell that has brought unprecedented water restrictions -- and blazes like the one that threatened Mejia's house are becoming more frequent.
A record low water level of 1,074.98 feet above sea level was reached Tuesday.
The order applied to 277 century-old rights to water from the Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds in the agriculture-rich Central Valley.
With exactly two weeks to go before new, statewide water restrictions kick in, some San Diego County residents are rushing to get rid of their lawns. Others are saying, “No way.”
Earlier this season, the grounds crew that watches over the lush green playing field where the San Francisco Giants play tried something new: They cut back on overnight watering.