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.