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Special Coverage: Drought

Poll: City should not ease water restrictions

A majority of respondents in an online Argus-Courier poll said that Petaluma should not ease water use restrictions, despite the wet winter.

Petaluma to ease restrictions on water use

Petaluma is moving toward easing the water use restrictions imposed in the past year amid a massive statewide drought, though a broader cultural shift suggests an era of greater water conservation to come.

Sonoma County supervisors Carrillo, Rabbitt attend White House water summit

The summit, which coincided with World Water Day, was part of a new push by the Obama administration to reduce the country’s vulnerability to drought.

PG&E helicopter flying low around Sonoma County today

Foresters will be checking for drought-weakened trees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Water rationing should be voluntary

We should continue to save water, but we should do so voluntarily, given the current wet weather. Let’s save the mandatory cutbacks for when it’s really dry.

Poll: Continue water-saving measures

A majority of respondents in an online Argus-Courier poll said they are continuing to conserve water, despite the recent rains.

Petaluma girds for wild winter weather

A rainy, foggy, frosty winter is predicted after years of drought.

Drought, housing crisis top Petaluma news stories of 2015

Events of the past year in Petaluma seem to set the stage for a busy 2016.

Massive mulch project provides drought relief

Billed as the largest lawn transformation on record, the Mulchstock event replaced 64,000 square feet of thirsty lawn in a Petaluma office park with drought-tolerant material.

Mulchstock drought-proofs Petaluma office building

More than 150 people turned out to give a 64,000-square-foot lawn a drought friendly makeover, and enjoy a little live music and free snacks.

Amid drought, rise in roadkill in Sonoma County

The most grisly toll of California’s record-breaking drought can be seen on Sonoma County’s busiest roads: dead animals.

Cheers to Petaluma water savings

Petaluma residents, raise a glass and toast another successful month of water conservation. In the month of August, Petaluma used 26.8

Sonoma County residents exceed water savings targets in July

Petaluma and other cities beat conservation goals set by the state.

‘Bruce Lee’ El Niño may not be drought-buster, experts say

WASHINGTON — The current El Niño, nicknamed Bruce Lee, is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years, federal meteorologists say.

City tops water saving target

The latest data from California water regulators shows Petaluma exceeding a statewide mandate to reduce water use amid the ongoing drought, an achievement that the city’s public works officials are crediting to the willing cooperation of residents and businesses.

Sonoma County imposes tighter rules for new wells

Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved sweeping new limits on well drilling, making the most significant changes to the county’s water well ordinance in nearly 40 years.

Another drought hazard: West Nile Virus

The fourth year of an extended dry spell has brought an increase in disease-carrying mosquitoes to Petaluma and Sonoma County.

Talk of strong El Niño rainfall brightens hopes on drought-plagued North Coast

Janet Folk is buoyant about the prospect of a wetter-than-average winter coming to the parched North Coast.

Sonoma County business, government leaders team up to save water

A coalition of the North Bay’s business and agricultural leaders has teamed up with representatives of government water agencies to broaden awareness of the need to save water.

CalFire suspends burn permits in North Bay

As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, Cal Fire has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

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