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Special Coverage: Drought

Healdsburg tightens irrigation limits

Going forward, residents can only water on Tuesday and Friday.

Skelton: Before we can address the drought, we need a geography lesson

Many of us could use a refresher course in California geography as we debate how to manage the drought and prepare for an uncertain water future.

North Coast tree die-off raises fire risk

Thousands of dead and dying trees are adding flammable fuel to North Coast forests where the fire risk is already high because of California’s prolonged drought.

Rain on its way to California

Forecasters say the coming rain will be unusually strong for this time of year in parts of the state.

Healdsburg to host workshops on ways to save water

Water conservation will be the subject of a series of city-sponsored workshops in Healdsburg beginning Wednesday.

California golf courses tee up water-saving measures

California's epic drought is reshaping dozens of golf courses statewide.

Skelton: Governor, show our lawns a little respect

Gov. Jerry Brown apparently wants to turn California’s green lawns into the dreary color that matches his name.

Egan: The end of California?

In a normal year, no one in California looks twice at a neighbor’s lawn, that mane of bluegrass thriving in a sun-blasted desert. Or casts a scornful gaze at a fresh-planted almond grove, saplings that now stand accused of future water crimes.

Want to save water? Kill the lawn, time your showers, fill the dishwasher

Here are some ways Californians can save water.

New water rules: 5 things you need to know

From the reasons why to what's next, all about the restrictions OK'd by the State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday night.

Windsor moves forward with water cutbacks

Residents must limit lawn-watering to three days a week under an emergency ordinance enacted Wednesday by the Town Council.

California fire chief warns of drought-fueled fire season ahead

As part of wildfire awareness week, state officials stopped at the Cal Fire Sonoma Air Attack Base at the Sonoma County airport Tuesday to press the need for fire prevention in this water-starved state.

Regulators: California fell far short of water-saving target in March

Californians conserved little water in March and local officials were not aggressive in cracking down on waste, state regulators reported Tuesday.

Make your home eco-friendly

More and more buyers are looking at homes with an eye toward how green the home is.

Hiltzik: Realities of desalination

Assertions that desalination is an easy answer to California’s water crisis should be taken with more than a grain of, well, salt.

Brown proposes $10,000 fine for water wasters

Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing $10,000 fines for residents and businesses wasting water in the drought despite his order to cut water use.

Skelton: Import water from wetter climes? It’s a pipe dream

Hardly a day passes without some emailer wondering why our political leaders don’t possess enough ingenuity and foresight to go out and grab another state’s water.

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

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