The Russian River watershed is entering a third consecutive year of below-average rainfall. As a result, water supply levels at Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma remain at historic lows. Sonoma Water and its partners in the Sonoma Marin Saving Water Partnership (SMSWP) urge our community to keep up the great work and effort – water saved now, is water we can use later.
We all need to make changes to our everyday habits to eliminate water waste and preserve water supply. Every drop saved helps maintain water flows in the Russian River and extend reservoir storage levels should the current dry period continue.
Explore various efforts and initiatives in the timeline below by clicking through the photos and text.
The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership has launched a public outreach campaign to encourage water conservation in the North Bay. To support this message, we’ve adopted a regional tag line: "Drought Is Still Here. Save Water." Water is a resource that our community shares, and it is critical that we all protect and conserve this valuable resource.
These are a few of the water-wasting activities that are prohibited year-round in cities in Sonoma and Marin county:
For additional water saving tips and resources, please visit the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership website.
Sonoma County communities awarded millions in state drought relief funds - Press Democrat - March 21, 2022
Sonoma County Water Agency To Draw From Russian River Weeks Early - CBS SF Bay Area - March 22, 2022
Drought Conditions Force Deployment Of Russian River Dam - KSRO - March 22, 2022
Marin utility pursues study of new water sources - Mercury News - March 20, 2022
Marin Municipal Water District bans new decorative turf - The Mercury News - March 18, 2022
Sonoma Water to host drought town hall - The Press Democrat - March 3, 2022
How can information about atmospheric rivers optimize reservoir operations? - American Society of Civil Engineers - February 24, 2022
Looking for past articles? Visit our Drought Articles Archive page.