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Special Coverage: Drought

Sonoma County storms could bring rainfall total up to normal

Two systems, the first set to arrive Friday, could deliver 5 to 7 inches of rain, helping fill drought-starved reservoirs and rivers, and possibly pushing seasonal rainfall to near normal levels.

Storms brought 1 to 3 inches of rain to Sonoma County (w/video)

Recent wet weather is not nearly enough to move the needle on the region’s parched reservoirs, water officials said.

Southern California man faces possible jail time for not watering lawn

The homeowner is charged with two misdemeanors for failing to properly maintain his front yard and parkway space.

Dry Central California town getting portable showers

Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.

Agriculture briefs

Diesel regulations workshop on Dec. 11 Farmers with diesel trucks can learn about revised regulations affecting their fleets at a Dec.

Keeping tabs on North Coast’s water use

While a state report on per-capita water use shows most customers have cut consumption, some areas have higher potential for savings.

Bay Area water thieves targeting hydrants

Bay Area water officials are looking at raising the fine for stealing water from $25 to $250 after residents reported seeing people tapping into fire hydrants late at night.

No on Prop. 1: It’s a bad deal for taxpayers

Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond, gathered the reluctant hold-your-nose support of The Press Democrat editorial board.

California drought takes bite out of rice harvest

California's deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that's bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers.

Drilling technician ‘sick’ about rupturing Forestville-area water line

Worker was about 20 feet away from approved drilling location and unaware of Cotati Aqueduct; crews patch water line temporarily, with a permanent fix awaiting more planning.

Winter not expected to end California drought

Even above-average rain and snow this winter won't be enough to end California's ongoing drought, federal forecasters said Thursday.

Officials: California water use plummets

Data released Tuesday show water use dropped 11.5 percent in August compared with the year before.

California drought worries pool industry

California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought.

Drought a top issue in race for 4th District supervisor

The deluge of water-related issues has made the drought a galvanizing force for 4th District voters and the two candidates — Deb Fudge and James Gore — who are seeking their support.

Heat wave to send temperatures soaring across county

An early-autumn heat wave will descend upon the North Bay on Thursday, blanketing the region with temperatures into the high 90s.

Drought Continues On North Coast

Droughts likely to be new normal for California

Whether viewed from a dry-as-dust ground level or from a sky-high planetary perch, the ongoing drought in California is remarkable.

California ends 1 of driest-ever water years

Officials are urging residents to keep conserving water as California approaches what could be another very dry winter.

Homegrown: Bulbs are hardy survivors

While blossoms may fall victim to deer grazing, bulbs will not.

A guide to drought-friendly trees

Contrary to what you may think, reinventing your yard into a less thirsty landscape doesn't mean you have to forgo trees.

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