Petaluma cattle ranchers brace for 'worst drought ever' as rainwater runs dry


By Wayne Freedman, ABC 7 News San Francisco

April 6, 2021


PETALUMA, Calif. (KGO) -- In the Sonoma County dairy belt known as the Two Rock Valley, people find comfort in seasonal predictability.


Flowers bloom. The cows come home. That's how it's supposed to be, but this is 2021.


"What is the one thing you haven't gotten?" we asked Bonnie DeBernardi.


"Rain, which we need really, really bad," said DeBernardi. "My roses were so beautiful last year. But the cows need it"...


... "That pond should be running over right now," said Don.


When filled, it should have enough water to run this ranch and his hundreds of cows for a year and a half. Now, the bottom of that pond has already begun to crack.


When asked if they have ever seen it empty, Don said, "Never. Never. Never"...


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