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Special Coverage: Drought

McCreary: Low-water plants not good in all microclimates

Although all create an energizing splash, these beauties could be problematic in most of our microclimates.

County imposes tighter rules on new wells

The regulatory update was overdue, supervisors said, though some questioned whether it was sufficient to address the depletion of aquifers and streams amid the drought.

PD Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Quick takes on the news from The Press Democrat’s editorial writers.

California proposes historic $1.5 million fine for taking water

The move announced Monday targets a group of Central Valley farmers.

Help your trees survive the drought

Drastically cutting back your watering could be doing serious if not fatal harm to your trees.

Sinking water levels force closure of boat ramp at Lake Mendocino

Drought-induced low water levels have once again dried up one of Lake Mendocino's boat ramps.

California tightens rules on lawns

The rules approved by the California Water Commission would essentially eliminate grass from new office and commercial buildings and reduce turf at new homes from a third of landscaped area to a quarter.

Seasonal Pantry: My pot-of-water experiment

Ideas for saving your leftovers from the compost bin.

Garden Doctors: Drought challenges, solutions

Jackie B. writes: What are some recommended drought tolerant and easy maintenance plants that will attract beneficial insects into the garden?

Water conservation a way of life for Healdsburg family

Healdsburg’s Don McEnhill, and by extension his family, has moved well beyond most Californians in the way of household water efficiency. See how they do it.

El Niño talk brightens hopes for North Coast rain

Forecasters say it's likely California will get significant rain this fall as the tropical weather phenomenon builds in the Pacific Ocean. It's about time, say some drought-weary locals.

Golis: On the road in California’s Central Valley

The boarded-up stores and scruffy strip malls remind us that these are hard times in the Central Valley. Under the circumstances, the latest jobless reports almost count as good news.

State shuts off beach showers, sinks

Visitors to beaches around California may have to get in the car with sandy feet, following the rollout of new conservation measures.

Strong El Nino effect predicted this year

Meteorologists say odds are good for a wet California winter as a strong El Nino builds in the Pacific Ocean.

Showers fall on North Coast

A low-pressure system brought light rain Thursday to the drought-dry North Coast.

Drought Drive Up

Sonoma County business, government leaders team up to save water

A coalition of the region’s business and agricultural leaders has joined with representatives of government water agencies to broaden awareness of the need to save water.

Sonoma County drought diaries

From embracing sponge baths to saying goodbye to green grass, Sonoma County resident share their favorite water-saving tips.

Creative Water-Saving Tips To Try

Are you doing your part to save water? Are your neighbors?

Rural residents: Go after vineyards' water use, too

A feisty crowd of west county residents at a Monday meeting wanted to know why new water conservation rules aimed at saving endangered fish do not apply to vineyards.

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