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Special Coverage: Drought

Sonoma County arborists, crane operators busy after winter’s storms

Experts predict tree companies will have plenty of work for the next few years due to stress that trees suffered during the drought.

Sonoma County allergy sufferers are in for a monster season, health experts say

Once it stops raining, North Coast allergy sufferers may find themselves longing for last year’s drought.

Worst salmon season in eight years projected in California

Years of drought and unfavorably warm ocean conditions have reduced the size of the state’s salmon fishery to its smallest level since 2009.

Rain storms take toll on Petaluma

Wet winter has erased years of drought, but storms flooded roads, downed trees and powerlines.

Wet winter banishes Northern California drought, fills North Bay reservoirs

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.

Drought recedes as North Coast rivers, reservoirs swell from storms

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.

Officials: More than 40 percent of California out of drought

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.

North Coast moves out of historic drought

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.

Poll: City should not ease water restrictions

A majority of respondents in an online Argus-Courier poll said that Petaluma should not ease water use restrictions, despite the wet winter.

Petaluma to ease restrictions on water use

Petaluma is moving toward easing the water use restrictions imposed in the past year amid a massive statewide drought, though a broader cultural shift suggests an era of greater water conservation to come.

Sonoma County supervisors Carrillo, Rabbitt attend White House water summit

The summit, which coincided with World Water Day, was part of a new push by the Obama administration to reduce the country’s vulnerability to drought.

PG&E helicopter flying low around Sonoma County today

Foresters will be checking for drought-weakened trees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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