Russian River Biological Opinion - Public Outreach

The below resources provide some background on the Russian River Biological Opinion planning and implementation process. 

Biological Opinion Annual Reports

Sonoma Water is required to annually report all the activities, studies and monitoring mandated by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in the Russian River Biological Opinion. Some of these activities take place every year, like water quality monitoring in the estuary and counting and measuring young steelhead and coho salmon at various points in the Russian River and Dry Creek. Others are one-time activities, like the Dry Creek Current Conditions Inventory.

Sonoma Water has elected to coalesce the reports from each year's activities into an Annual Report. The annual report is written for technical purposes for NMFS and summarizes all the activities in detail.

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Biological Opinion Community Meetings


2019 Estuary Community Meeting, 8/28/19

2018 Estuary Community Meeting, 5/31/18

2017 Estuary Community Meeting, 5/17/17

Estuary Community Meeting, 4/20/16

Estuary Community Meeting, 6/11/15

June 2014 Annual Dry Creek Meeting

June 2013 Annual Dry Creek Meeting

June 6, 2013 Community Meeting on Flows at Sweetwater Springs Water District Board

May 16, 2013 Community Meeting on the Estuary

February 18, 2010 Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities Hearing on the Dry Creek Pipeline Feasibility Study

June 19, 2010 Jenner Community Scoping Meeting

January 27, 2010 Dry Creek Meeting on Habitat Studies

June 22nd, 2009 Jenner Meeting on the Estuary

November 2008



Public Policy Facilitating Committee Meeting

The Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) meets annually to serve as a forum on implementation of the biological opinion. The PPFC provides an opportunity for involved agencies and the public to learn whether milestones have been reached and what challenges lay ahead. Created in 1998, the original purpose of the PPFC was to provide a forum for disseminating information about the Section 7 consultation (which ultimately led to the issuance of the Russian River Biological Opinion).


2022 Public Policy Facilitating Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 4, 2-4:30 p.m. via Zoom

2021 PPFC Meeting - March 9, 2021

2020 PPFC Meeting - March 12, 2020 

Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Health Orders

2019 PPFC Meeting

2018 PPFC Meeting

2017 PPFC Meeting

2016 PPFC Meeting

2015 PPFC Meeting

2014 PPFC Meeting

December 20, 2012 PPFC Meeting

February 9, 2012 PPFC Meeting

December 13, 2010 PPFC Meeting

October 29, 2009 PPFC Meeting

September 24, 2008 PPFC Meeting