Putah Creek pours down the eastern slope of Cobb Mountain, one of the hundreds of foothill streams that support California's unique flora and fauna. Thirty miles from its headwaters, it pools behind Monticello Dam to form Lake Berryessa, the eighth largest reservoir in the state. Past the dam's floodgates, it meanders another thirty miles before emptying into the Yolo Bypass.
In 1989, Lower Putah Creek ran dry.
The Putah Creek LEgacy
The 1989 drought put Putah Creek on the map, when its stream ran dry and the neighboring counties went to court. Today, after $12 million in restoration efforts, there's water for farmers and for fish — even amid another drought. As more communities face drought conditions, could the Putah Creek success story be repeated?
A five part series.