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Special Coverage: Drought

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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.
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.