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Special Coverage: Drought

Close to Home: Thinking bigger than Earth Day

Earth Day celebrations are gearing up throughout the Bay Area today. These celebrations remind us that the choices we make define the legacy we will leave to future generations.

From nightmare to eco-friendly oasis

A Santa Rosa homeowner learned to work with nature instead of against it, transforming her yard into an environmentally friendly space. Her home is one of 30 included in a day long Eco-Friendly Garden Tour on April 30.

California loosens water cutbacks in drought

Water managers say March storms soaked Northern California, nearly filling key reservoirs.

Upscale Bay Area community threatens fines for brown lawns

A homeowners association for an upscale, gated community in the Bay Area has threatened to fine homeowners for brown or dead lawns and landscaping despite a continuing state drought emergency.

PD Editorial: An ongoing need for conservation in California

Not only must cities and counties continue the water conservation of the last several years, it must build on them in preparation for the worst to come. Because it’s coming — and it’s staying.

Drought-stricken California misses water conservation target

Residents of drought-plagued California fell just short in February of the state's mandated water conservation target, officials said Monday.

California farms receive mixed water allotments

Many California farmers expect to receive all of their requested deliveries this year from a vast system of canals and reservoirs run by the government, while others will likely receive a fraction, officials said Friday.

Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

State water surveyors found a barely average snowpack in the Sierra Nevada on Wednesday.

In California's backcountry, skiers find satisfying snow

The snowpack appears to have recovered significantly considering how dire it was last year, with snow lingering only at the highest elevations.

Sonoma County supervisors discuss water conservation at White House event

The summit, which coincided with World Water Day, was part of a new push by the Obama administration to reduce the country’s vulnerability to drought.

Storms replenish key reservoirs amid California drought

Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in drought-stricken California, but the storms also led to the death of a highway patrol officer who was struck while directing traffic on a snowy Sierra Nevada freeway.

Storm delivers big blow to North Bay drought

With two Russian River reservoirs brimful of runoff, the North Bay’s water supply is looking better now than it has in three years.

PD Editorial: Another threat to fishing communities

Conflicts over water are nothing new in California, but Central Valley representatives glommed onto the drought to further a years-long campaign to boost irrigation supplies.

See a low-flying helicopter? Here's what it's doing

Foresters will be checking for drought-weakened trees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Despite drought, Californians fall short in water cutbacks

State officials said Californians are starting to fall behind the state's mandatory 25-percent water conservation target even though the state remains in drought.

California farmers reap record sales in record drought

A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought.

California snow piling up

The Sierra Nevada snowpack was measured at 130 percent of normal Tuesday, but water managers are looking ahead to April 1 — when the snowpack depth is generally greatest and will signal whether drought conditions are easing.

State misses water conservation target

For a third straight month, California fell short of the 25 percent conservation mandate set by Gov. Brown.   

Wettest January of the drought

More than 10 inches of rain fell in Santa Rosa during the past month, more than the previous four January months combined, forecasters said.

Local reservoirs swell in wake of storms

Lakes Mendocino and Sonoma are at more than 90 percent of capacity, thanks to steady rains. Many other reservoirs in the state continue to be below average.

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