Special Coverage: Drought
City’s big water users seek cuts
Recycled water could be key to conservation during the drought, city officials say.
Cal Fire staffs up early for fire season
Dozens of seasonal firefighters for Cal Fire came on duty this week in the North Bay as state fire officials continued an early spring staffing ramp up because of enhanced concerns for fire danger stemming from the four-year drought.
In the drought, a green lawn is a scarlet letter
As the Petaluma City Council considers ways the city can incentivize water conservation, it’s time to start looking critically at our thirsty lawns and thinking about becoming Zen rock gardeners.
California water board says February savings were worst yet
California’s water board said Tuesday that February was the worst month for conservation since officials began tracking savings efforts nine months ago in response to the state’s historic drought.
Petaluma schedules special meeting on saving water
Petaluma city leaders will discuss ways to cut water use in a special meeting set for April 27, avoiding for now talks of an emergency building moratorium.
California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a fourth year of 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.
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.