Stories about Drought
Close to Home: Fighting about water is just a waste of time, energy
We wrote this together as a grower and river advocate — we can't afford to fight.
Lake County declares drought emergency
County supervisors also mandate stringent water conservation measures for three small water districts
Petaluma calls for water conservation
Like several Sonoma County towns, Petaluma is adopting a goal to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent.
Healdsburg use of reclaimed water delayed
Two weeks after city OK'd action, spigot of reclaimed water remains turned off.
Salmon forecasts favorable, despite drought uncertainty
More than 600,000 king salmon are expected in the ocean from the Sacramento River system's fall run.
Cotati asks residents to conserve water
The town stopped short of mandating conservation measures Tuesday.
PD Editorial: Preparing to declare the obvious
Sonoma County is looking at the smallest rainfall total in recorded history.
Countywide water limits likely in April
Without significant rain, the county as a whole could face mandatory water conservation measures.
Mandatory 50% water cutbacks ordered by Russian River district
Ukiah Valley residents, businesses and farmers will be required to cut their dependence on Lake Mendocino water by half beginning next month.
Much-needed rain, snow to hit parched California (w/video)
Meteorologists say a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain in the coming week.
Environmentalists' warning irks grape growers
Organizations sent letters to growers, vineyard managers raising prospect of lawsuits.
Sonoma County expected to declare drought emergency
Sonoma County Supervisors are expected to declare a 'drought emergency' Tuesday, a move designed to make the county eligible for possible state and federal aid.
California farmers won't get any federal water (w/video)
Water-starved California growers shouldn't expect any irrigation water from the state's rivers, canals or reservoirs this year, it was announced Friday.
Homegrown: Will our gardens survive the drought?
How to prepare for lack of rainfall while preserving plants and gardens.
Windsor declares water emergency
Windsor joins growing list of cities declaring water emergency and asking for conservation.
Gov. Brown proposes $687 million for drought relief
Gov. Jerry Brown proposed spending $687 million to help drought-stricken communities throughout the state, Wednesday.
Healdsburg OKs immediate delivery of treated water for agriculture
City will provide highly treated, recycled wastewater.
Ski season just getting started at Tahoe (w/video)
Many ski runs, kept closed because of a lack of snow, are opening this weekend for the first time all winter.
Healdsburg may use treated wastewater for vineyards
Special council meeting Friday to weigh extending pipeline from sewer plant to surrounding vineyards.
Santa Rosa asks residents to slash water use 20%
Santa Rosa is asking residents to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 percent.
Reservoir levels growing, but drought measures remain (w/video)
Despite the weekend's storm, officials say drought measures, including mandatory cuts for water users in Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Willits, are still on.
Willits backup water supply gets boost from state
The Mendocino County city will receive $250,000 to establish an emergency water supply.
Soaker brings 15 inches of rain to parts of county (w/video)
The weekend's welcome wet weather wreaked havoc across the region, with car crashes, downed trees, power outages and a creek rescue Sunday.
Saturday storm soaks Sonoma County (w/video)
Storm dumped more than half-foot of rain Saturday on wettest areas of Sonoma County.
Storm is state's biggest in a year (w/video)
Still, the big weekend storm is far from enough to break the drought.
Bill would set new rules on water releases
Rep. Jared Huffman's bill would help preserve water in Lake Mendocino, other reservoirs.
PD Editorial: Being ready for a 4th drought year
In an average winter, rainfall in Sonoma County begins to taper off in February.