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Special Coverage: Drought

PD Editorial: California’s native fisheries in peril

California’s prolonged drought is taking a toll on lawns and farms and forests. It’s also a threat to wildlife, especially fish, which must have cold war to survive.

County residents exceed water savings targets

Sonoma County cities all exceeded the statewide 25 percent savings goal in July and surpassed their state-mandated conservation targets. Overall, Californians slashed water use by 31 percent last month.

Crowdfunding campaign kicks off for California drought, wildfire relief

A group of nonprofits and businesses has started a crowdfunding campaign to assist families affected by the state's drought and wildfires.

PD Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Quick takes on the news from The Press Democrat’s editorial writers.

Adventures in drought living: Raising twins

The early childhood rituals of spiky-haired tub photos and endless play in lukewarm bath water are foreign concepts in some young lives.

Ukiah campus combats cockroach problem

The infestation is not as bad as it was last year, school officials say. But with classes starting Monday, students and parents say the bug invasion is giving them the willies.

Agriculture briefs

Clover-Stornetta Farms CEO Marcus Benedetti has been named the 2015 Outstanding Young Person in Agribusiness by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

PD Editorial: ‘Godzilla’ and California’s long drought

Temperatures are falling to more comfy levels and the smoky air is clearing as winds shift, is it too much to hope for a break in the drought, too?

Report: Groundwater pumping in California has land sinking

Vast areas of California's Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past, according to a new NASA report.

Homegrown: Gardening in a dry autumn

Here are a few solutions to protect trees and shrubs from excessive stress or possible loss during drought conditions.

What can California expect from El Niño?

The chances of the record-setting storm hitting California this winter are strong. Here’s what you need to know.

State to impose 1st-of-kind eco rules on North Coast pot growers

North Coast water quality officials are poised to adopt pioneering environmental regulations at a meeting today in Santa Rosa.

PD Editorial: A growing threat for state, region

For the second time in as many weeks, a wildfire is racing across Lake County.

County's biggest water-using community doing a better job of conserving

Sonoma has consistently used more water, per person, than any other community in Sonoma County. But residents are learning how to do a better job of saving water.

Close to Home: Taking the lead on water conservation

The doomsday scenarios predicted by many have not occurred here in our area.

Gov. Brown on fire season: 'fasten your seat belts!'

Gov. Brown said Thursday the flames that tore through Northern California over the past week serve as a 'real wake-up call' to the dangers of wildfires fueled by California's drought.

PD Editorial: Drought, heat and a busy fire season

The Rocky fire is the largest wildfire burning in California as a volatile mix of heat and drought strains the limits of firefighters and the nerves of residents.

Healdsburg giving used water away for free

In a Sonoma County first, Healdsburg is allowing people to haul treated recycled water from its sewer treatment plant for use in gardens and yards - at no cost.

Study: Healdsburg's future water supply deemed adequate

Healdsburg's water supply is more than adequate for its projected population growth, according to a new report.

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.

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