Please see below for how you can learn more about, or provide feedback on, the Russian River Biological Opinion planning and implementation process.
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.
The Annual Reports can be downloaded below:
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).
PPFC Meeting - April 22, 2019
On Monday, April 22, the Public Policy Facilitating Committee holds its annual meeting to review progress on Biological Opinion implementation. See agenda, below, for details.
Estuary Community Meeting, 4/20/16 - The eighth annual Russian River Estuary Lagoon Management Community Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 20 at the Monte Rio Community Center. The meeting included a discussion of this summer’s Lagoon Management plans, results from last summer’s water quality monitoring, and provided an overview of an evaluation of the historic jetty at Goat Rock Beach State Park.