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Drought shuts restrooms at some state parks

California's drought is beginning to dry up the water supplies for some state parks.

Water-starved North Coast bracing for use limits, possible hefty fines (w/video)

Measures up for vote next week would trigger local, mandatory cuts on irrigation, other use and could lead to fines of up to $500 a day for violators.

Clear Lake algae likely to cause water shortage for some

A small water agency that pumps water from Clear Lake expects to declare a water shortage emergency as early as this week, not because it's running out of water but because thick algae growth is...

State moves to further rein in Russian River water use

Some water users have voiced strong objection to the new regulations.

State to target upper Russian River water rights holders

State water officials Tuesday will be considering new regulations aimed at cracking down on people who have ignored orders to stop diverting water from several California streams, including the upper...

Close to Home: Learning to live with a drought

I have to admit, I have been a poor water conservator for most of my life.

Drought may be taking toll on bees in Sonoma

Annual native bee count in Sonoma provides valuable data to researchers.

Sonoma switching to monthly water bills

City officials say the change will assist with conservation efforts.

Drought's trickle-down effect on North Coast water sports

Water sports on the North Coast and across the state are being curtailed.

PD Editorial: Poor marks for saving on drought report

California's drought is in its third year, and visions of a wet winter are fading.

Drought prompts burn ban throughout California

In response to dry conditions, Cal Fire has ordered a suspension of open burning across the state.

California banning burns on 31 million acres

Burn suspensions were ordered in effect across the state by July 1.

Salmon migrate by truck during state's drought (w/video)

Young Chinook salmon hitching rides in tanker trucks because state's drought has depleted rivers and streams.

Sonoma County's cities reducing water use, but short of targets

None of Sonoma County's major water utilities reported overall reductions in consumption of 20 percent for the first five months of 2014 after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency.

State halts some water diversions on upper Russian River

Order sent Thursday to holders of 650+ water rights issued on the river above Healdsburg since 1959.

California's flawed water system can't track usage (w/video)

Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others use free water with little oversight.

Fire officials stress defensible space around local homes (w/video)

Officials are urging homeowners to create a safe buffer between their home, grasses.

Asti bridge set to open amid fire worries

The summer span over the Russian River will open about a month early and will improve emergency response times.

Drought won't dampen Memorial Day river fun

Russian River businesses prepare for the holiday weekend as the water agency takes measures to keep water flowing.

State may curtail rights to upper Russian River water

Some above Healdsburg could get orders to stop drawing water Monday.

Drought may not ease threat from mosquitoes

Widespread use of rainwater-collecting containers may be providing habitat for insect larvae.

Drought prompts early campfire restrictions in Northern California

The Bureau of Land Management has banned campfires and other fire triggers.

Forums seek to address groundwater imbalance

A long-term imbalance of 3,300 acre-feet of water a year is 'rising to a level of concern.'

Drought prompts likely limits on tapping Russian River, others

Officials said Thursday they will likely order big water users to limit the amounts they take from rivers.

Russian River reopens to fishing

Anglers can now go after American shad in drought-plagued river.

A few California cities start water-waste patrols

Some cities are actively patrolling streets for violators.

Brown orders more actions on drought (w/video)

Governor's executive order calls for help to fight wildfires; assist cities, farmers.

Rainy season winding down, water officials ramp up drought message

The drought is still on, officials say. Drive-thru events this week are meant to encourage water conservation.

In drought dilemma, water district cuts off growers to ensure supply for homes

Redwood Valley County Water District, in Mendocino County, is set to turn off the valves today for nearly 200 farming customers, a move officials said was necessary to preserve dwindling supplies.

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.

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