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Stories about Drought

Cal Fire bracing early for extremely dry season (w/video)

Cal Fire is ramping up staffing in response to a fire threat dramatically heightened by the drought.

First wave of rain arrives on North Coast (w/video)

Week of intermittent rain not expected to provide relief from drought gripping state.

California drought spurs mini gold rush in Sierra

Gold seekers see a historic opportunity in California's historic drought.

County extends drought emergency

County supervisors renewed drought emergency declaration for additional 30 days.

PD Editorial: As wet as it gets: No 'Miracle March'

Hopes of a 'Miracle March' have all but evaporated.

Congress focuses on dams amid state's drought

California's drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state.

'Extreme drought' back on for Sonoma County

Sonoma County has returned to 'extreme drought' condition.

North Coast's historically dry winter ends with a whimper

Latest forecast puts entire West Coast in 'below normal' probability of rain for three months.

California hosts congressional drought hearing (w/video)

A congressional committee tackled California's water woes on Wednesday.

Gardeners go gray to save water

Only a few years ago, 'graywater' systems were part of the eco-underground, built by do-it-yourselfers for irrigating landscaping with recycled water. But that's changed in water-scarce times.

Frost worries ease as bud break looms on North Coast

While recent rains have helped increase optimism for the coming season, there still may not be enough water to protect new buds against frost this season.

Recent rains make slight dent in drought

Rains helped upgrade county's drought status to 'severe,' but conservation still needed.

Close to Home: Fighting about water is just a waste of time, energy

We wrote this together as a grower and river advocate — we can't afford to fight.

Lake County declares drought emergency

County supervisors also mandate stringent water conservation measures for three small water districts

Petaluma calls for water conservation

Like several Sonoma County towns, Petaluma is adopting a goal to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent.

Water-saving strategies

Simple tips to help deal with the drought.

Healdsburg use of reclaimed water delayed

Two weeks after city OK'd action, spigot of reclaimed water remains turned off.

Salmon forecasts favorable, despite drought uncertainty

More than 600,000 king salmon are expected in the ocean from the Sacramento River system's fall run.

Cotati asks residents to conserve water

The town stopped short of mandating conservation measures Tuesday.

PD Editorial: Preparing to declare the obvious

Sonoma County is looking at the smallest rainfall total in recorded history.

Countywide water limits likely in April

Without significant rain, the county as a whole could face mandatory water conservation measures.

Mandatory 50% water cutbacks ordered by Russian River district

Ukiah Valley residents, businesses and farmers will be required to cut their dependence on Lake Mendocino water by half beginning next month.

Much-needed rain, snow to hit parched California (w/video)

Meteorologists say a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain in the coming week.

Environmentalists' warning irks grape growers

Organizations sent letters to growers, vineyard managers raising prospect of lawsuits.

Sonoma County expected to declare drought emergency

Sonoma County Supervisors are expected to declare a 'drought emergency' Tuesday, a move designed to make the county eligible for possible state and federal aid.

California farmers won't get any federal water (w/video)

Water-starved California growers shouldn't expect any irrigation water from the state's rivers, canals or reservoirs this year, it was announced Friday.

Homegrown: Will our gardens survive the drought?

How to prepare for lack of rainfall while preserving plants and gardens.

Windsor declares water emergency

Windsor joins growing list of cities declaring water emergency and asking for conservation.

Gov. Brown proposes $687 million for drought relief

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed spending $687 million to help drought-stricken communities throughout the state, Wednesday.

Healdsburg OKs immediate delivery of treated water for agriculture

City will provide highly treated, recycled wastewater.

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