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Special Coverage: Drought

California drought means tighter water restrictions coming

California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won’t give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday.

No snow indicates drought’s not over

Early February’s storms brought sizeable quantities of rain to coastal California, but didn’t leave much snow behind, increasing concern that the on-going drought will be going on at least a little bit longer.

Dry weather extends drought in Petaluma, state

Rain predicted for late this week comes as good news with the statewide drought not nearly over, according to Empire water and weather experts.

Snow pack underwhelming

California’s second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.

City to enforce new water regulations

In response to California’s severe drought, the state recently approved mandatory emergency regulations intended to reduce outdoor urban water use.

Lawn watering disputed

Two Birnam Court Wood residents’ attempt to comply with state guidelines for water conservation during California’s plaguing drought raised the ire of their homeowners association.

Argus-Courier Editorial: Keep up water conservation

Unlike folks in some other communities throughout California, Petalumans are taking the drought seriously and, so far, are conserving enough water to meet the state-mandated 20 percent reduction goal, according to city officials.

Poll: Mixed views on water waste regulations

Compared to the rest of California, Petaluma is doing more than the average city to conserve water during the state’s massive drought.

Despite the rain, drought drags on

State’s new groundwater regulations will impact farmers, ranchers

The new law is meant to preserve California’s groundwater tables, and was inspired by the state’s historic drought.

City begins cracking down on water use

If it’s daylight hours, it’s time to turn off the sprinklers, according to a new citywide restriction aimed at conserving water.

Drought sends hay prices soaring

In the past 10 years, Tracy Underwood has seen the price of hay more than double, from about $9 a bale to upwards of $20.

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