Special Coverage: Drought

The current storms will help, but they are unlikely to help enough. Several more sustained storms are needed to replenish our water reserves. But they aren’t in the forecast.
Representatives from some water districts and other users expressed fears that a reinstatement of restrictions that ended last year could constitute an unprecedented power grab by the state.
California's brief escape from severe drought ended Thursday after scientists declared more than 40 percent of the state in moderate drought and water officials confirmed lower-than-normal snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.
January’s rainfall was average for the North Bay, but a dry December has forecasters worried.
The drought-prone state is off to another unusually dry start in its vital winter rain and snow season.
The Department of Water Resources reported all but one of California’s major reservoirs at or above historic averages for this time of year.
A desperate decision to truck California's native baby salmon toward the Pacific Ocean during the state's drought may have resulted in generations of lost young salmon.
Loss of water from rocks during drought caused California's Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch in height from October 2011 to October 2015, according to a new NASA study made public Wednesday.
California North Coast commercial fishermen see an ocean full of ‘shorties,’ with few salmon 27 inches and longer.
For the first time in several years, little has conspired against a truly glorious autumn. There's no more drought, the summer has been mild and the leaves — largely spared by marauding gypsy moth caterpillars — look healthy.
The drought is over but North Coast trees are still dying by the thousands, raising fire risks, especially along power line corridors.
California’s largest reservoir isn’t Lake Shasta or the Sierra snowpack.
Plants have developed a multitude of tricks to get by when it’s dry
Water began flowing Tuesday into the Silver Lake Reservoir, two years after the scenic urban pond was drained and a month earlier than expected thanks to drought-busting storms.
Despite winter storms that have turned much of California’s parched landscape to vibrant green, the drought has yet to loosen its grip on thousands of residents in the valley.
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Higher rates are needed because water use dropped 27 percent in recent years due to conservation.
It’s official: After one of the wettest winters on record, California’s historic drought is, well, history.
The Sonoma County Water Agency says it needs to charge more because its revenues dropped along with consumption during the drought years.
Bans against hosing down driveways and sidewalks, irrigating landscaping within 48 hours of rainfall and other water-waste prohibitions will remain in effect.