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Special Coverage: Drought

State, local landowners work together to minimize wildfire risk

Amid the drought, government agencies, nonprofit groups and homeowners are partnering to reduce wildfire danger on open space around the county.

Law blocks some brown lawn fees during droughts

Homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts under legislation that took effect Monday.

Cloverdale gets grant to improve drinking water

Cloverdale is among a group of cities and water districts that will benefit from federal drought relief grants.

PD Editorial: Drought denial must end

The ill effects of California’s drought keep piling up like tumble weeds on a dusty desert plateau.

State board clears way for fines for excessive water use (w/video)

Emergency drought regulations, OK'd Tuesday, should be in effect by August and could allow local officials to impose fines of up to $500 a day.

Water-saving incentives prove popular across county

Voluntary efforts in place across Sonoma County are part of an evolving, carrot-and-stick approach to water conservation.

Close to Home: Creatively making due with less during a drought

I have to admit, I have been a poor water conservator for most of my life. I have run the water while brushing my teeth, run the water while washing dishes, run the water while leisurely taking showers and watered the flowers and grass during the day when a larger percentage evaporated before landing on anything.

Algae in Clear Lake likely to cause water shortage for some

A small water agency that pumps water from Clear Lake expects to declare a water shortage emergency as early as this week, not because it's running out of water but because thick algae growth is putting a strain on its purification system.

State issues new water curtailment orders, plans swifter crackdown on diversions

Some water users have voiced strong objection to the new regulations.

State to target upper Russian River water rights holders

State water officials Tuesday will be considering new regulations aimed at cracking down on people who have ignored orders to stop diverting water from several California streams, including the upper Russian River.

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