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Special Coverage: Drought

Spring has sprung in Sonoma County, and it's blooming in full color — yellow, to be exact.
The contrast from just two years ago is stark: Once-dry boat ramps are submerged, the rings around reservoirs gone. The North Bay has moved from drought to a landscape with water to spare.
Water regulators in California on Wednesday extended what are now largely symbolic conservation measures lingering from the drought after the state has seen one of the wettest winters in years.
Sierra Nevada snow drifts are at a drought-busting 173 percent of average, with the most snow recorded since 1995, California water managers said Thursday.
It's no surprise if you’ve been outside and seen the aftermath of recent storms: the North Coast and all of Northern California were classified Thursday as drought-free.
More than 40 percent of California has emerged from a punishing drought that covered the whole state a year ago, federal drought-watchers said Thursday.
No timetable set for water recycling plan to cope with population growth, prolonged drought.
The first manual survey this year of California's snowpack revealed Tuesday that it holds about half as much water as normal, casting a shadow on the state that's hoping to dodge a sixth straight year of drought, officials said.
Crews were assessing damage Tuesday in the aftermath of storms that killed at least five people and brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Southeast.
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President Obama has signed a bill authorizing water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California.
The House on Thursday passed a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California.
California officials crafting a new conservation plan for the state's dry future drew criticism from environmentalists on Thursday for failing to require more cutbacks of farmers, who use 80 percent of the water consumed by people.
Government weather forecasters say La Niña is here.
A heavy dousing of autumn rain in Northern California has lifted a quarter of the state out of drought, the highest percentage in more than three years, according to a new federal report.
A number of Sonoma County nurseries present many ideas for wonderful and locally appropriate plants to add to your gardens. Here are three to visit.
State regulators said Wednesday they fear some water districts in drought-stricken California have abandoned conservation efforts as saving has dropped off significantly.
Lakes Sonoma and Mendocino have rebounded from four years of historic drought, thanks to a wet a 2015-16 that brought rainfall totals within reach of normal.
Our drought-stricken state has nine active wildfires as large as 25 acres or more, including the massive Clayton fire.
Whether Santa Rosa and the rest of the Russian River watershed are still in a drought appears to depend on whom one asks.