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Special Coverage: Drought

More rain may be on the way to North Bay

The first wet stuff in the North Bay in more than five months dampened roads but did nothing to ease drought.

New state law bans HOAs from requiring green lawns

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping.

Water-starved Eel River disappearing

The Eel River is vanishing from view near Fortuna, a sign that the drought, gravel build-up and pot growers are taking a toll on the usually water-rich region.

Bay Area nudist camp accused of stealing water (w/video)

Officials are accusing a Bay Area nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought.

Water cops fighting waste in Santa Rosa (w/video)

In response to the drought, utility workers are now driving around Santa Rosa documenting evidence of runoff from irrigation systems or other violations of the city’s new mandatory water restrictions.

Rohnert Park teen inventor winning awards, wowing investors

Steven McDowell wants his 'water fence' to change the way people irrigate their yards. Investors think the 15-year-old Rohnert Park boy may be onto something.

Petaluma council OKs mandatory water cutbacks

Residents cut consumption by 15 percent in past 6 months, but the city is still below goal of 20 percent reduction statewide.

North Coast residents' responses to drought reflect personal values

There's a drought on, but the way people are responding to it is largely a matter of personal choice.

Agriculture briefs

County farms report drought losses Sonoma County suffered an estimated $3.9 million in damage from drought this year to field and forage crops, according to the county’s top farm official.

Drought prompts cities to restrict water use

California's historic drought has led many cities and water districts in Sonoma and Mendocino counties to enact mandatory conservation orders that set limits on when and how residents can use water.

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