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Special Coverage: Drought

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.
Gov. Brown declared an end to California's historic drought Friday but told residents that "conservation must remain a way of life."
Pacific Fisheries Management Council biologists estimate that about 230,000 chinook salmon are swimming in the ocean water off Northern California. That’s down from 300,000 last year and 652,000 in 2015.
As big wet snowflakes fell high in California's mountains on Thursday, surveyors on snowshoes measured the state's deepest springtime snowdrifts in years.
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Experts predict tree companies will have plenty of work for the next few years due to stress that trees suffered during the drought.
Once it stops raining, North Coast allergy sufferers may find themselves longing for last year’s drought.
This rainy season, people who know that I’m a hydrologist increasingly press me: “So, have you had enough of this rain yet?”
Years of drought and unfavorably warm ocean conditions have reduced the size of the state’s salmon fishery to its smallest level since 2009.
The Sierra Nevada snowpack is close to setting records notched more than three decades ago — a welcome sight after five years of punishing drought in California, surveyors said Wednesday.
After suffering through five consecutive years of drought, hydrologists say the alpine lake atop the Sierra now has enough water to fill downstream reservoirs and meet the Reno-area's needs for at least two years.
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.