Special Coverage: Drought

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.

El Niño forecast boosts hopes for wet season on North Coast

A strong El Niño developing in the Pacific Ocean has Californians hoping for a wet season to ease if not end the drought. What would it take for the North Coast and what are the chances that will happen?

North Coast Drought

A look at the drought’s effects on the North Coast in late October 2015.

Mulchstock drought-proofs Petaluma office building

Roadkill on the rise due to drought

The most grisly toll of California’s record-breaking drought can be seen on Sonoma County’s busiest roads: dead animals.

Experts: Coming El Niño 'too big to fail'

Evidence is mounting that the El Niño ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California.

Drought slows spread of sudden oak death in Sonoma County

If there's anything good about the state's 4-year drought, the slowing of the disease may be it. But, when rain comes again the tree-killer will resume its rampage through Northern California woodlands.

Scientists: Drought stressing California's Giant Sequoias

Scientists say they are seeing symptoms of stress caused by the state's historic drought.

Homegrown: Autumn colors to plant in your garden

A few ideas to add seasonal hues to your autumn garden.

PD Editorial: Preparing for fires amid climate change

California’s fire season is uncommonly intense — and it’s still early.

Sierra Nevada snowpack hit a 500-year low in 2015

Researchers say this year’s record-low snowpack may be far more historic — and ominous — than previously realized.

Feds upgrade strength of El Niño

Federal forecasters upgraded this year's El Niño to an unusual strong status, but said it's probably not a record breaker or drought buster.

Golis: The grass isn’t greener anymore

Two years ago, we stopped watering our lawn. What was green grass became a patch of dirt with tufts of gray weeds scattered here and there. Looking for forgiveness from our neighbors, we posted a sign: “Water Conservation — Doing Our Part.”

PD Editorial: California’s native fisheries in peril

California’s prolonged drought is taking a toll on lawns and farms and forests. It’s also a threat to wildlife, especially fish, which must have cold war to survive.

County residents exceed water savings targets

Sonoma County cities all exceeded the statewide 25 percent savings goal in July and surpassed their state-mandated conservation targets. Overall, Californians slashed water use by 31 percent last month.

Crowdfunding campaign kicks off for California drought, wildfire relief

A group of nonprofits and businesses has started a crowdfunding campaign to assist families affected by the state's drought and wildfires.

PD Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Quick takes on the news from The Press Democrat’s editorial writers.

Adventures in drought living: Raising twins

The early childhood rituals of spiky-haired tub photos and endless play in lukewarm bath water are foreign concepts in some young lives.

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