Public Workshop for Russian River Watershed – Sonoma County Gazette

NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 Proposed Russian River Watershed Pathogen TMDL The California Regional Water Quality Control Board,North Coast Region (Regional Water Board) is proposing to amend the Water Quality Control Plan for the North Coast Region (Basin Plan) to establish a Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Program of Implementation (TMDL Action Plan) for the Russian River Watershed. Regional Water Board staff invites you to attend a public workshop to learn about theDraft Pathogen TMDL and TMDL Action Plan. Background: Regional Water Board staff … Keep Reading

Russian River cleanup plan to seek fixes for failing septic systems – Press Democrat

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The proposed action plan aims to keep human and animal fecal waste out of the watershed and prevent waterborne disease. It touches on sources ranging from pet waste to dirty diapers, dairy ponds to homeless encampments, municipal waste treatment systems to recycled effluent used in irrigation. But requirements for repair or replacement of faulty and substandard individual wastewater disposal systems are likely to prove hot topics, if history is any indication. Regular inspections for septic systems within 600 feet of … Keep Reading

IMPORTANT: Estuary Project meeting w/critical Low Flow implications TONIGHT!

There is a very important meeting this Monday night (May 15th) on the Estuary Project at the Monte Rio Community Center from 6 pm to 7:30.  Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) will give updates on their studies.  Supervisor Hopkins will also be there and the meeting will include time for public comment.  We hope you will attend; showing community interest is critical.  The Water Agency has recently submitted petition to the State Water Board to implement low flow again this summer but we don’t … Keep Reading

Water, Water Everywhere

Greetings. We are experiencing a set of storms that may last for at least a week. The latest forecast indicates that the river may crest at 36.3 feet on Monday Jan 9. If true, that will be moderate levels of flooding.  Be prepared just in case it might impact you or your property. 1)    Plan on removing items in lower areas prior to potential flood and storms. 2)    Have flashlights, water garments, batteries, blankets, food and water in your home due to … Keep Reading

Russian River Water Level Predictions

It’s raining! The river is scheduled to peak between today and tomorrow at 30.7 feet, Minor flood stage is 32 feet.  You can always check out river heights on my website It’s on the bottom left side of the first page under “Russian River Water Level Predictions”. You can also see storm watch predictions under “River Storm Forecast”. Let me know if I can be of service to you. Your house matters, Kyla  

Take Action – Low Flow

I wanted to call your attention to the two upcoming deadlines on Low Flow in the Russian River: The first is November 22, 2016 when the state requires protest letters to be received no later than 4:30 pm. (see sample letter below). The second is a response to the EIR (Environmental Impact Review) on Feb. 14, 2017. Both protest letters need to be submitted in order to have your voice heard. In addition there is a Public hearing in Guerneville … Keep Reading

Newsflash from Sonoma County Water Agency

While water levels were high today in the Russian River estuary (7.5 feet), the mouth is open.  The combination of river flows (approximately 560 cubic feet per second at Hacienda Bridge) and 16-foot ocean swell have resulted in these high water levels.  The swell forecast for this week is for continued large waves, so it’s possible that the mouth could close.  Hopefully, water surface elevations decline before a closure occurs.  We’ll continue to monitor conditions and provide updates as needed. … Keep Reading

Low Flow Updates

The Board of Supervisors requested an extension on public comment on low flow until February 14 2017 (Valentine’s Day!) There are two upcoming opportunities for public comment:   The DEIR is available by going to, at Sonoma and Mendocino County libraries and by purchase (flash drive or hard copy) at the Sonoma County Water Agency offices. Two public workshops were held in August, a public hearing was held on September 13, and two additional public hearings will be held … Keep Reading

Press Release Update! Now Low Flow, ACT NOW

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The Board of Supervisors will consider extending comment period and adding additional hearings on October 4th regarding the Fish Flow Project! Our voices matter, keep up pressure as our work is not done on this very important issue for the Russian River communities. PRESS RELEASE FROM SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY: Board Members Call for Extended Public Comment Period and Additional Hearings on Fish Flow Project (Santa Rosa, CA)  – Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Chairman Efren Carrillo announced on Friday, September … Keep Reading

Act NOW: Stop the Plan to Cut the Water Flow in the Russian River

Next week, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will discuss the Sonoma County Water Agency’s plan to permanently reduce summer Russian River water flows by up to 50%. Even though the agency’s own environmental impact report states that the plan to reduce water flows could very well result in a violation of water quality standards or degrade water quality, it’s very possible that the Board of Supervisors will approve the plan. If the Board approves the low flow plan, it … Keep Reading

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