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Special Coverage: Drought

Drought slows spread of sudden oak death in Sonoma County

If there's anything good about the state's 4-year drought, the slowing of the disease may be it. But, when rain comes again the tree-killer will resume its rampage through Northern California woodlands.

Scientists: Drought stressing California's Giant Sequoias

Scientists say they are seeing symptoms of stress caused by the state's historic drought.

Homegrown: Autumn colors to plant in your garden

A few ideas to add seasonal hues to your autumn garden.

PD Editorial: Preparing for fires amid climate change

California’s fire season is uncommonly intense — and it’s still early.

Sierra Nevada snowpack hit a 500-year low in 2015

Researchers say this year’s record-low snowpack may be far more historic — and ominous — than previously realized.

Feds upgrade strength of El Niño

Federal forecasters upgraded this year's El Niño to an unusual strong status, but said it's probably not a record breaker or drought buster.

Golis: The grass isn’t greener anymore

Two years ago, we stopped watering our lawn. What was green grass became a patch of dirt with tufts of gray weeds scattered here and there. Looking for forgiveness from our neighbors, we posted a sign: “Water Conservation — Doing Our Part.”

PD Editorial: California’s native fisheries in peril

California’s prolonged drought is taking a toll on lawns and farms and forests. It’s also a threat to wildlife, especially fish, which must have cold war to survive.

County residents exceed water savings targets

Sonoma County cities all exceeded the statewide 25 percent savings goal in July and surpassed their state-mandated conservation targets. Overall, Californians slashed water use by 31 percent last month.

Crowdfunding campaign kicks off for California drought, wildfire relief

A group of nonprofits and businesses has started a crowdfunding campaign to assist families affected by the state's drought and wildfires.

PD Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

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

Adventures in drought living: Raising twins

The early childhood rituals of spiky-haired tub photos and endless play in lukewarm bath water are foreign concepts in some young lives.

Ukiah campus combats cockroach problem

The infestation is not as bad as it was last year, school officials say. But with classes starting Monday, students and parents say the bug invasion is giving them the willies.

Agriculture briefs

Clover-Stornetta Farms CEO Marcus Benedetti has been named the 2015 Outstanding Young Person in Agribusiness by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

PD Editorial: ‘Godzilla’ and California’s long drought

Temperatures are falling to more comfy levels and the smoky air is clearing as winds shift, is it too much to hope for a break in the drought, too?

Report: Groundwater pumping in California has land sinking

Vast areas of California's Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past, according to a new NASA report.

Homegrown: Gardening in a dry autumn

Here are a few solutions to protect trees and shrubs from excessive stress or possible loss during drought conditions.

Free lawn alternatives offered in Rohnert Park, Cotati

Some residents are happily getting rid of their grass thanks to a new program paid for by the Sonoma County Water Agency.

What can California expect from El Niño?

The chances of the record-setting storm hitting California this winter are strong. Here’s what you need to know.

State to impose 1st-of-kind eco rules on North Coast pot growers

North Coast water quality officials are poised to adopt pioneering environmental regulations at a meeting today in Santa Rosa.

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