Light fog

Special Coverage: Drought

California snow piling up

The Sierra Nevada snowpack was measured at 130 percent of normal Tuesday, but water managers are looking ahead to April 1 — when the snowpack depth is generally greatest and will signal whether drought conditions are easing.

State misses water conservation target

For a third straight month, California fell short of the 25 percent conservation mandate set by Gov. Brown.   

Wettest January of the drought

More than 10 inches of rain fell in Santa Rosa during the past month, more than the previous four January months combined, forecasters said.

Local reservoirs swell in wake of storms

Lakes Mendocino and Sonoma are at more than 90 percent of capacity, thanks to steady rains. Many other reservoirs in the state continue to be below average.

California snowpack hits 5-year high

Officials say California has more snow than the drought-stricken state has seen in five years.

Sonoma County rain expected to taper off over weekend

Rainfall anticipated Friday night and Saturday should bring Sonoma County close to seasonal averages.

Despite recent rain, drought not over in Sonoma County

Rainfall totals on the North Coast still trail levels from a year ago.

Lake Mendocino not rising much despite rains

The water level remains far below normal, in part because of lingering drought conditions and in part because of upstream work that’s keeping water from being diverted into the lake.

Vanoni family’s roots on Geyserville ranch run deep

Italian-Swiss immigrant Mark Vanoni, grandfather to patriarch Ed Vanoni, bought the ranch in 1902; he and his family spent summers there at first.

Viticulture briefs

Assemblyman Bill Dodd has been appointed to chair the Assembly Agriculture Committee, giving the Napa lawmaker a top legislative perch at the state Capitol in 2016.

Official: CA snowpack at 136 percent of normal

The snowpack provides about 30 percent of California's water supply during the months when it melts and rushes through rivers and streams to fill reservoirs that remain critically low.

Damage from sinking land costing California billions

Four years of drought and heavy reliance on pumping of groundwater have made the land sink faster than ever up and down the Central Valley.

Close to Home: El Niño will not save us

California’s water system was built on the flawed premise that we’ll always have an abundance of water. We just need to capture it, store it, transport it and turn the tap.

Reservoir levels rising amid series of storms

Lake Sonoma, the key source of water for 600,000 North Bay customers has recorded its first supply increase since June 30.

‘Splash Brothers’ Curry and Thompson seek defense in drought

In the PSA, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson said, "They call us the 'Splash Brothers' because we can make it rain on the court. But even we can't make it rain enough for California."

Another drought side effect? Pricier Christmas trees

The cost of Christmas trees at local farms and lots is on the rise. Farmers say a combination of drought, pests and the shrinking number of local farms is to blame.

California water savings take a dip in October

California's latest water conservation numbers aren't as impressive as in past months, but could be due to October's exceptionally warm temperatures.

California lawmakers conduct listening tour in Wine Country

Legislators met Tuesday at SSU to explore ways to improve water use and sustainability, increase farmworker housing and promote wine education programs.

PD Editorial: Don't get too excited about El Niño

Just as forecasts for a half-inch of rain in Sonoma County on Wednesday gave way to traces of precipitation that quickly gave way to sunshine, the effects of El Niño are hard to predict.

Drought heightens extinction fears for Chinook salmon

Officials said that preliminary counts show hot, shallow waters killed most of California's juvenile winter-run Chinook before they made it out to the Pacific Ocean.

© The Press Democrat |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Jobs With Us |  RSS |  Advertising |  Sonoma Media Investments |  Place an Ad
Switch to our Mobile View