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Drought Costs Rising, North Bay Farmers Discuss Emergency Measures

Published:  January 27, 2014

North Bay dairy farmers told Sonoma County officials Monday that their drought-ravaged rangeland is parched worse today than during the prolonged dry spell of 1976-77.

What they heard back sounded just as dire: Without significant rain in the next five months, grape growers and other farmers could see production take a nose dive, city dwellers could face mandatory water rationing and the county this summer could exhaust storage in Lake Mendocino, one of its two key reservoirs.

“We really are behind the eight ball,” Grant Davis, general manager of the county Water Agency, told the dairy owners.

More than three dozen farmers and government officials gathered Monday at the Two Rock fire station and social hall at the invitation of south county Supervisor David Rabbitt.

Read the full article in the Press Democrat

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