Special Coverage: Drought

$1 billion water plan approved for California

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation.

Brown expected to sign $1 billion water spending plan

A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.

County set to tackle groundwater

Sonoma County has seven years to figure out how to prevent permanent damage to its underground basins.

Brown proposes $1 billion in drought spending

Gov. Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in drought-relief spending for California.

Sugar Bowl suspends skiing as drought takes toll

Yet another Northern California ski resort is closing early due to a lack of snow amid the state's historic drought.

PD Editorial: Getting ready for the next drought

California’s drought is in its fourth punishing year, but the state’s water supply started declining at least a decade before the drought started.

Drought-stricken California ramps up water restrictions

California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday.

PD Editorial: Fish report provides some encouragement

The latest North Coast salmon forecast is in and it’s better than last year’s.

Homegrown: The challenge of planting this spring

Drought, unseasonable warmth, early growth, and the threat of frost top gardener's worries for spring planting.

Friday’s Letters to the Editor

Press Democrat readers’ views on ‘mega-drought,’ bike helmets and more.

Cloverdale dials back mandatory water conservation to voluntary

Plugging of major leaks in city pipelines, drilling of two new wells and easing of state’s drought cited as reasons for decision.

State's ski resorts suffering from stingy snowfall

The drought has affected all of California's ski resorts, but midsize and family-owned resorts are struggling the most.

Lake Mendocino at highest level in 2 years

Raised to more than 97 percent of storage capacity by the recent storm, the reservoir has returned to a level it hasn’t hit in more than two years. In a shift Wednesday, the feds gave the OK to forgo flood control releases and store some additional water in the reservoir.

After the storm, a week of calm expected (w/video)

Crews worked to clear the roads and get lights back on Monday after three days of rain which dumped up to 5 inches in Ukiah and brought local reservoirs close to ideal levels for this time of year.

Federal government to boost drought funding by $50 million (w/video)

The federal government is offering up to $50 million for drought relief in western states as California enters a fourth year of drought, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. Brown announced Friday.

PD Editorial: Facing facts after a hot, dry month

It’s like some alternative version of the movie 'Groundhog Day,' where an entire state has different weather experiences each year but keeps ending up in the same dry place.

Agriculture briefs

Facing the prospect of a fourth consecutive drought year, state and federal regulators will meet Tuesday with state farm officials in Sacramento.

Survey: Sierra Nevada snowpack far below normal

California's second snow survey finds the Sierra Nevada snowpack far below normal after a dry and unusually warm January.

PD Editorial: No more red herrings in water talks

The delta smelt is an easy target. It’s small, no more than 3 inches long, and has no unusual features. Few people ever see one.

Springlike days mean drought drags on

The downside to the recent warm weather is huge: A high pressure ridge parked off the West Coast is forcing storms north into Canada and leaving the state with another virtually bone dry January

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