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Special Coverage: Drought

Petaluma holding water-usage workshop

Residents, businesses welcome to weigh in with ideas for conservation amid state drought mandates.

Debate over dry farming divides Wine Country

As the drought continues, some North Coast growers are advocating the expansion of “dry farming,” which uses natural rainfall — not irrigation — to produce grapes.

Saturday’s Letters to the Editor

Press Democrat readers’ views on Point Reyes elk, Israel and more

Friday’s Letters to the Editor

Press Democrat readers share their views

State asks local stream users for voluntary cuts

State regulators are asking about 650 landowners along Sonoma County’s four major coho salmon spawning streams to voluntarily reduce water diversions.

Santa Rosa comes out ahead of revised water cuts

Most other North Bay cities and water districts have to conserve more to reach state targets.

Governor urges unity in drought fight at Sebastopol Earth Day event

Yosemite climber Kevin Jorgeson and suprise guest Gov. Jerry Brown were stars of the show at Sunday's Earth Day celebration at Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol.   

California revises water conservation targets

Petaluma, Healdsburg and Sonoma will have to conserve more water, while Santa Rosa, Windsor and Rohnert Park saw their targets eased.

Hopeful year for North Coast salmon fleet

The commercial salmon season is set to start May 1, with more days on the water this year than last.

Thursday’s Letters to the Editor

Press Democrat readers share their views on the Dairyman winery project, climate change and more.

Huge Southern California water supplier slashes summer deliveries

The Metropolitan Water District, which sells imported water to more than two dozen agencies in Southern California, voted Tuesday to slash regional deliveries by 15 percent.

Cal Fire boosts staff for fire season

More than 100 seasonal state firefighters have come on duty this month in the drought-weary North Bay.

Huge California water supplier plans to reduce deliveries

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which imports water from Northern California to supplement local supplies, plans to cut regional water deliveries by 15 percent beginning in July.

Fire crews in California increasing staffing earlier

Fire agencies along California's central and southern coasts are ramping up staffing levels well before they normally do because of bone-dry conditions after four years of drought.

Sunday’s Letters to the Editor

Press Democrat readers offer their opinions on the drought and lapel cameras for officers.

Golis: Creating a climate for change

There is a drought on. You may have heard. We, Californians, find ourselves on an uncharted (and arid) landscape, where the economic losses will be measured in the billions of dollars and the environmental damages may be incalculable.

Agriculture briefs

Farmers, property owners and officials will gather later this month in Santa Rosa to explore ways to make more land available for farming in Sonoma County.

Skelton: Why do farmers get a free pass from Brown?

Gov. Jerry Brown is talking tough about cutting back water use, but he’s making one thing clear: He is not going to tell farmers what they can or cannot grow.

North Bay on way to meeting water-saving goals

Eleven North Bay cities and water agencies are well on their way to meeting conservation standards set by regulators to achieve Gov. Brown's call to slash water use by 25 percent.

Berger: Weaning vines off water

Once a vineyard is established with an irrigation system, it’s hard, but not impossible, to wean the plants off water.

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