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Special Coverage: Drought

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.

Petaluma tightens water rules

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

Storm system heads toward drought-stricken California

Drought-stricken California was set to get some relief from an approaching storm that forecasters said would be unusually strong for this time of year for parts of the state.

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.

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.

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