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Special Coverage: Drought

Is the North Coast still in a drought?

Whether Santa Rosa and the rest of the Russian River watershed are still in a drought appears to depend on whom one asks.

Tell us: Are you confused about the drought?

Considering the wet winter and abundance of water stored in Lake Sonoma, are you confused about whether we still face a drought in Sonoma County?

Local lakes looking good for summer

Local reservoirs are in better shape for boaters and bathers this summer than they have been for several years.

6 gorgeous ways to create a drought-resistant front yard

Here are six landscaping alternatives that will make your neighborhood sing, no matter how hot it gets outside.

No more local water restrictions in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa’s water-wise ways saved enough water to cover 4,500 football fields with a foot of water each year.

California beats water conservation targets for April  

The state used an average of 77 gallons of water per day in April, compared to 104 gallons of water in April 2013 before water cutbacks were mandated.

Thumbs down: Trump’s Potemkin drought

The brown hills and dry forests? Must be an illusion. Empty reservoirs? Ditto.

PD Editorial: Another water grab surfaces in Congress

House Republicans are trying a new approach to divert more water from Northern California.

Despite recent rain, drought not over in Sonoma County

Rainfall totals on the North Coast still trail levels from a year ago.

State's drought cuts could ease up, but some measures will stay

Gov. Brown issued an executive order Monday that would make permanent some of the measures adopted to deal with the current 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.

Local water officials say conservation must be maintained

Local water suppliers can’t say whether Sonoma County will remain under mandatory conservation orders for another year, but residents should continue to save water.

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.

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