Special Coverage: Drought

California cities show biggest water savings yet in drought

The data released Wednesday by the State Water Resources Control Board comes as communities are ordered to save water in case the four year dry spell persists.

PD Editorial: Getting a say on Congress’ water bill

For two years, Jared Huffman and fellow House members from Northern California have been shut out of negotiations on drought legislation in Washington.

McCreary: Low-water plants not good in all microclimates

Although all create an energizing splash, these beauties could be problematic in most of our microclimates.

PD Editorial: Don't dismiss drought shaming

Nobody likes a tattletale. But the naa-naa-naa crowd, judiciously deployed, could play a useful role in ensuring California’s toilets continue to flush and its spigots don’t start sputtering dust

Conditions ripe for busy fire season

California's fire season has begun in earnest as summer kicks off, with authorities saying state wildlands are primed like never before to go up in flames.

Sonoma County golf courses using recycled water to stay green

In the eyes of some, golf courses, those symbols of prosperous leisure, have begun to stand for something else entirely: water waste in a land of shortage. Most of them, in fact, don’t use a drop of potable water.

A farmer’s straight talk on the drought

It was heating up in the San Joaquin Valley this past week. Joe Del Bosque, a farmer who had to make some hard decisions this year, was driving toward an asparagus field he’s about to plow under.

PD Editorial: Planning for California’s water future

California’s drought response is spilling into unprecedented territory.

Tell Us: How are you saving water?

From showering once a week to dusting the car, Californians have ingenious ways to cope with the drought.

Regulators approve water restrictions to aid county salmon streams

The emergency regulation, effective July 3, will apply to about 10,000 landowners in four watersheds that feed the Russian River.

Pollution drops at North Coast beaches, thanks to drought

California’s ocean beaches are cleaner and safer from disease than they’ve been in years, according to a new report. Lack of rainfall means fewer pollutants are washing down streams and into the ocean where swimmers and surfers play.

Russian River water regulations draw fire from farmers

Farmers say the action, up for a decision Wednesday, is heavy-handed, while a local river advocate says the proposed rules should not exempt farms from a restriction on outdoor irrigation.

Drought pushing critters, pests closer to people

How to protect your home from wild animals looking for food, water amid the drought.

Water-saving workshop set for Sonoma

The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sonoma Garden Park.

California orders historic, hefty water cuts for farmers

California has ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state's strongest water rights.

#DroughtShaming on the rise in California

Watch out, some Californians are finding their water sins posted online for the world to see.

Racy San Francisco ads urge water savings

San Francisco water officials are rolling out a new line of sexy ads offering tongue-in-cheek tips on water conservation.

North Coast rain helps wildflowers — the drought not so much

Trace amounts of rain fell across the North Coast on Wednesday, turning roads slick but bringing no relief for the state’s drought.

Home and garden events around Sonoma County

SANTA ROSA Tilling soil is one of the oldest tenets of agriculture. And yet some farmer’s are finding that a non-mechanized, not till approach to growing food not only works, but has the potential for addressing many major local and global problems,from food shortages and climate change to nutrient depletion in soils, water pollution, habitat loss and the economic viability of small farms.

A year later, California drought-relief money is unspent

More than $320 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken California communities sits unspent in government bank accounts.

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