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Special Coverage: Drought

Fake grass growing in popularity around Sonoma County

More and more drought-weary homeowners are turning to lawn alternatives in efforts to conserve water.

Tell us: How are you saving water?

If you're taking water-saving measures, we'd like to talk with you.

California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.

Drought looms over Russian River recreation

There will be less water in the Russian River this summer than last year, but many recreation-oriented businesses have contingency plans in mind.

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.

Drought-resistant garden plans floated for City Hall

Santa Rosa is seeking input on plans to install drought-resistant plants and landscaping to showcase stormwater capture, part of a $1 million project mostly covered by a state grant.

Water conservation becoming big business for Petaluma company

Investors have showered more than $40 million on a Petaluma company that has developed technology to water landscaping more efficiently, saving customers more than $137 million in a single year.

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.

Agriculture briefs

The UC Hopland Research and Extension Center on May 23 will present Barn to Yarn, a day of sheep shearing and wool demonstrations.

Shrinking Lake County reservoir prompts North Bay concerns

Water managers, fisheries biologists, environmentalists and PG&E have their eyes on Lake Pillsbury, a diminishing Lake County reservoir that’s a cornerstone to the North Bay’s drinking and irrigation supply.

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.

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