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Special Coverage: Drought


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.


California's crop harvest much smaller than usual

With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the drought.


Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.


Crews work to clear debris from Shasta mudslide (w/video)

A melted glacier created the largest mudslide Mount Shasta has seen in two decades, possibly related to California's prolonged drought.


Changes to water releases from Lake Mendocino helping

New protocol could prevent as much as one-sixth of lake’s current supply from slipping down the Russian River before the end of November, official says.


More rain may be on the way to North Bay

The first wet stuff in the North Bay in more than five months dampened roads but did nothing to ease drought.


New state law bans HOAs from requiring green lawns

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping.


1st rain in months hits North Bay (w/video)

Santa Rosa is expected to get a little more than a tenth of an inch of rain, with about two to three-tenths of an inch forecast for the coast.


New groundwater laws to have ripple effect on North Coast ag industry

Groups representing the state’s powerful ag industry opposed the groundwater legislation, signed by Gov. Brown on Tuesday, while supporters say urgent action is needed to protect the state’s underground water reserves.


Water-starved Eel River disappearing

The Eel River is vanishing from view near Fortuna, a sign that the drought, gravel build-up and pot growers are taking a toll on the usually water-rich region.


Bay Area nudist camp accused of stealing water (w/video)

Officials are accusing a Bay Area nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought.

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