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Special Coverage: Drought

Sonoma County water rates will likely rise despite drought-busting rainfall

The Sonoma County Water Agency says it needs to charge more because its revenues dropped along with consumption during the drought years.

Sonoma County arborists, crane operators busy after winter’s storms

Experts predict tree companies will have plenty of work for the next few years due to stress that trees suffered during the drought.

Sonoma County allergy sufferers are in for a monster season, health experts say

Once it stops raining, North Coast allergy sufferers may find themselves longing for last year’s drought.

Worst salmon season in eight years projected in California

Years of drought and unfavorably warm ocean conditions have reduced the size of the state’s salmon fishery to its smallest level since 2009.

Rain storms take toll on Petaluma

Wet winter has erased years of drought, but storms flooded roads, downed trees and powerlines.

Wet winter banishes Northern California drought, fills North Bay reservoirs

The contrast from just two years ago is stark: Once-dry boat ramps are submerged, the rings around reservoirs gone. The North Bay has moved from drought to a landscape with water to spare.

Drought recedes as North Coast rivers, reservoirs swell from storms

It’s no surprise if you’ve been outside and seen the aftermath of recent storms: the North Coast and all of Northern California were classified Thursday as drought-free.

Officials: More than 40 percent of California out of drought

More than 40 percent of California has emerged from a punishing drought that covered the whole state a year ago, federal drought-watchers said Thursday.

North Coast moves out of historic drought

Lakes Sonoma and Mendocino have rebounded from four years of historic drought, thanks to a wet a 2015-16 that brought rainfall totals within reach of normal.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

Petaluma tightens water rules

In response to the drought, the city enacted ‘stage two’ water use regulations.

Healy: Petaluma’s drought response

I write to update the community on Petaluma’s response to the Governor’s executive order and the current drought.

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