Sonoma Water is filing a temporary urgency change petition (TUCP) requesting that the State Water Board make the following changes in the minimum instream flow requirements for the Russian River mainstem that are specified in Decision 1610 and Sonoma Water’s water right permits: (a) a Critical water supply condition minimum instream flow of 25 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the Upper Russian River from its confluence with the East Fork to its confluence with Dry Creek, and (b) a Critical water supply condition minimum instream flow of 35 cfs in the Lower Russian River downstream of its confluence with Dry Creek to the Pacific Ocean. The changes are necessary in order to maintain viable operations to support municipal use, protect listed salmon species, address water supply conditions at Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma, and prevent Lake Mendocino from declining to a storage level at which the reservoir may no longer be functional in light of the extremely dry hydrology the region has been experiencing since 2020.
Date Posted: April 28, 2021
Project Location: The project site is located at 16451 River Road (Highway 116) in the unincorporated community of Guerneville, California, approximately 15 miles northwest of Santa Rosa in central Sonoma County.
Project Description: The project would replace approximately 60 linear feet of the existing sewer main collection pipe located between manholes M31-4 and M36-14 that has cracked and partially collapsed (Figure 1). The objective of the project is to replace the damaged section of pipe from approximately 9 feet upstream of M36-14 to approximately 69 feet upstream of M36-14. The area of disturbance includes approximately 9,000 square feet of land and would include approximately 80 linear feet of minor trenching within previously developed areas along the pipeline alignment. Previously developed areas consist of a gravel and dirt storage yard interspersed with ruderal non-native vegetation. Wastewater will be bypassed from a manhole upstream of the damaged section of pipe to a manhole downstream of the damaged section of pipe while the damaged section is being repaired. The bypass pipeline would be placed overland adjacent to the work zone. Project work will not result in an expansion of use.
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Date Posted: April 20, 2021
Project Location: The project site is located at Rocky Ridge, off Bollinger Canyon Road, in Castro Valley, California
Project Description: The Project consists of a sublease agreement and temporary placement, operation, and maintenance of a precipitation forecasting system at Rocky Ridge, off Bollinger Canyon Road, in Castro Valley, California, with American Towers, LLC. The precipitation information system will improve the region’s early warning capabilities to avoid life-safety threats from potential land sliding, debris flows, flooding, erosion, road hazards or other fire related problems that could be compounded from heavy rain events. The temporary precipitation forecasting system also will give flood control managers, emergency responders, transportation officials, and media outlets more precise information on just where, when, and the intensity of expected rainfall.
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Date Posted: February 2, 2021
Public Review Period: February 2, 2021 to March 4, 2021
Project Location: Located near the intersection of Sonoma Avenue and E Street, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County.
Project Description: An existing section of the Santa Rosa Creek Aqueduct crosses under Santa Rosa Creek and is at risk of failure during an earthquake due to liquefaction and lateral spread. The proposed project would help to reduce failure of this section of the Santa Rosa Aqueduct due to earthquake-induced liquefaction and lateral spread by relocating a section of pipeline (approx. 730 ft.) from the existing stream crossing to a location downstream under E Street and Sonoma Avenue. The relocated pipeline would use a trench-less technology to tunnel under the existing E Street Bridge and concrete box culvert into which the creek currently flows. The expected result is that the project would eliminate the Santa Rosa Aqueduct’s exposure to the free face of the creek and would help to reduce the risk of failure due to earthquake-induced liquefaction and lateral spread hazard at the existing pipeline stream crossing.
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Date Posted: January 13, 2021
Public Review Period: January 13, 2021 to February 13, 2021
Project Location: The Airport/Larkfield/Wikiup Sanitation Zone (ALWSZ) treatment, storage, and disposal facilities in the unincorporated area northwest of Santa Rosa and the treatment, storage, and disposal facilities in the Town of Windsor and surrounding unincorporated area.
Project Description: The project comprises an agreement (Agreement) that will allow the ability to transfer recycled water and partially treated wastewater between the ALWSZ and the Town of Windsor treatment, storage, and irrigation facilities. The Agreement will allow for the coordinated operation of these systems for the purposes of increasing operating efficiencies, reducing operational costs, increasing beneficial use of recycled water, and decreasing discharges of recycled water to Mark West Creek, for an initial term of five years. The project may include the modification or installation of valves to existing wastewater and recycled water pipelines that will not result in an expansion of use. All project modifications will be conducted in existing roadways and within the footprint of the sanitation districts' existing facilities.
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Date Posted: December 11, 2020
Public Review Period: December 11, 2020 to January 11, 2021
Project Location: The project site is located at Riverfront Regional Park at 7821 Eastside Road, approximately 3 miles southwest of the Town of Windsor, California, in central Sonoma County
Project Description: The project consists of the stabilization and re-armoring of the Lake Benoist weir at the southern end of Riverfront Regional Park. The weir, a bank stabilization feature that functions as a grade control structure between Lake Benoist and the Russian River, has eroded on the lakeside from high storm flows moving from the Russian River into Lake Benoist. High flows from the river overtopped the weir, eroded a previously installed hiking trail and created a large scour pit at the base of the outlet that is contributing to the destabilization of the weir. The project proposes to remove the damaged trail and utilize the trail material to fill in and regrade the scour pit. The trail will not be replaced due to repeated disturbance during overflow events. Re-grading would occur and the damaged weir area would be re-armored with rip-rap.
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Posted: October 16, 2020
Public Review Period: October 16, 2020 to November 16, 2020
Project Description: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District (Corps) has conducted an environmental analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. The final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Water Year 2021 – 2026 Major Planned Deviation to the Coyote Valley Dam - Lake Mendocino Water Control Manual addresses a major deviation that would allow the Corps to store an additional 11,650 acre-feet of water above the existing guide curve, stipulated in the Coyote Valley Dam - Lake Mendocino Water Control Manual, for Water Year (WY) 2021 through WY 2026 between November 1 and February 28 in each year, with an option to begin the increase in spring storage on February 15, to restore some of the diminished water supply reliability without reducing the existing flood protection capacity of Lake Mendocino in the County of Mendocino, California. The Final EA evaluated alternatives that would improve water supply reliability without reducing the existing flood protection capacity of Lake Mendocino in the study area.
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In addition, please call 707-547-1900 to request a copy of the draft EA by mail.
Public Review: The 30-day public review period for the draft Environmental Assessment closed November 16, 2020. Specific responses will also be included in a comments and responses appendix to the final document.
Posted: August 28, 2020
Notice of Determination - posted November 18, 2020
Public Review Period: August 28, 2020 to September 28, 2020
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) is the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the proposed Vortex Tube Rehabilitation Project (Proposed Project). Sonoma Water has prepared an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State CEQA Guidelines, and Sonoma Water’s Procedures for Implementation of CEQA. This notice is to announce that the IS/MND is available for review by the public, agencies, and interested parties. Instructions for submitting comments on the document are included in this notice.
Project Location: The Proposed Project site is located on Santa Rosa Creek where it flows beneath Montgomery Drive, approximately 4 miles east of downtown Santa Rosa and approximately 3/4 mile east of Spring Lake Regional Park.
Project Description: The Vortex Tube is part of the Santa Rosa Creek Diversion Structure, a concrete flood control facility constructed in 1963 as part of the Central Sonoma Watershed Project to reduce flooding in downtown Santa Rosa. A concrete culvert beneath Montgomery Drive, known as the Vortex Tube, regulates peak winter floods in Santa Rosa Creek. The Vortex Tube has been damaged by abrasion during high flows. The purpose of the Proposed Project is to extend the useful life of the Vortex Tube by restoring its structural integrity.
The Proposed Project’s repair of the Vortex Tube would be implemented in two phases: 1) construct a permanent Bypass Pipe beneath Montgomery Drive to temporarily direct creek flows around the Vortex Tube, and 2) dewater and repair the damaged Vortex Tube. The Proposed Project would not change the function or expand the capacity of the Diversion Structure.
Materials: A copy of the IS/MND and supporting materials are available at the Sonoma Water administrative office at 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA.
Public Review: The 30-day public review on the IS/MND closed September 28, 2020.
Sonoma Water, as Lead Agency, has prepared this Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project, Miles 2–6 (proposed project) to provide the public and responsible and trustee agencies reviewing the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project an analysis of the potential effects, both beneficial and adverse, on the environment. This project is intended to fulfill federal mandates to implement habitat enhancement within Dry Creek to create both winter and summer rearing habitats for juvenile steelhead and coho salmon, with an emphasis on improving habitats for the survival of juvenile coho salmon while allowing Sonoma Water to maintain the existing flow range in Dry Creek for water supply purposes.
On August 19, 2016, Sonoma Water released the Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for public review. The Fish Flow Project DEIR describes the Proposed Project, the purpose of the project, why it is necessary and the potential environmental impacts of the project.
The Fish Flow Project has five purposes:
Sonoma Water has developed a proposal to reduce flooding on Green Valley Road west of Graton by removing sediment from the adjacent Green Valley Creek and restoring the creek banks with native vegetation. Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, Sonoma Water released a Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for the project on June 22. The public is invited to provide comment on the project before July 24.
Green Valley Creek experiences recurring flooding, leading to extended road closures or hazardous driving conditions on Green Valley Road, stranded fish and wildlife species, and damage to the roadway and adjacent farmland. In recent years, flooding has become worse, lasting longer, causing more damage, and occurring with greater frequency. The proposed project would excavate and maintain channels in the creek and install native plants along the banks to reduce flooding of Green Valley Road and nearby properties and improve aquatic habitat. The project is expected to be implemented in fall 2018. Annual dry season maintenance would occur as needed for five years.
“Last year, Green Valley Road was closed for over three weeks due to flooding,” said Sonoma Water Director Lynda Hopkins. “The project would make Green Valley Road safer for the communities who rely on it, as well as the fish and wildlife who rely on the creek.”
The project would involve clearing blackberry understory from the creek and an adjacent area in order to establish a temporary access road across a dry channel; excavating sediment from the existing creek and installing a high flow channel through a gravel bar; and planting native species along its banks. Although construction is likely to temporarily disturb fish and wildlife, over the long term the project would improve fish passage, reduce the number of fish stranded by receding floodwaters, improve habitats for other aquatic species, and support healthier habitats downstream by decreasing sediment flows from the area.
An electronic copy of the Draft IS/ND is available at www.scwa.ca.gov/environmental-documents. Hard copies of the Draft IS/ND are available for purchase by request at 707-547-1900 or at Sonoma Water’s administrative office (404 Aviation Boulevard, Santa Rosa). Hard copies are also available for public viewing at the following locations:
Sonoma Water: 404 Aviation Blvd Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Sebastopol Regional Library: 7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472
An Initial Study is a preliminary analysis of a project’s potential environmental impacts used to determine whether a Negative Declaration or an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared. The Initial Study is intended to provide a clear understanding of the environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of the proposed project for decision-makers, responsible and trustee agencies under CEQA, and the public. If an Initial Study identifies potentially significant impacts but the project is modified or revised to clearly mitigate the impacts, a Mitigated Negative Declaration may be prepared. If an Initial Study concludes that a project may have a significant effect on the environment, an Environmental Impact Report should be prepared.
There have been several previous studies in Green Valley Creek watershed by the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District. These past studies include evaluating flooding along Green Valley Road. For more information, visit the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District website.
The purpose of the Project is to reduce potential pipe failure and loss of water supply service resulting from permanent ground deformation caused by a moderate or severe earthquake along the Rodger’s Creek Fault. To maintain safe and reliable water service during a seismic event, the Project would modify the Russian River-Cotati Intertie to improve its ability to withstand the effects of ground deformation,
liquefaction, and lateral spread hazards. The project consists of installation, operation, and maintenance of approximately 767 linear feet of a 48-inch diameter steel pipeline segment across the Mark West Creek channel (Figure 2). The new pipeline segment would replace the existing pipeline segment beneath the creek channel and would be installed parallel to (and within 25 feet of) the existing pipeline and buried 6 to 8 feet deeper than the existing pipeline. The existing pipeline segment would be disconnected, filled with a low strength concrete mixture, and abandoned in place. The new pipeline segment would tie into the existing 48-inch diameter Russian River-Cotati Intertie pipeline.
Sonoma Water owns, operates, and maintains a 48-inch diameter steel water supply pipeline (referred to as the Russian River-Cotati Intertie) that crosses the southern and eastern aqueduct transmission lines and crosses the Russian River in Sonoma County. The pipeline is buried at a relatively shallow depth (approximately 7 feet below ground surface) across the Russian River channel and stream banks, and crosses seismically unstable terrain.
The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) identifies the Russian River-Cotati Intertie Intertie crossing of the Russian River as vulnerable to potential ground deformation, liquefaction, and lateral spread resulting from strong ground shaking in the soil at or below the elevation of the pipeline. The LHMP states that pipeline failure from an earthquake would isolate the Mirabel collector wells from the Russian River-Cotati Intertie Intertie Pipeline.
The proposed project is needed to address seismic concerns related to reliable delivery of water to Sonoma Water’s service area and prevent the loss of an essential water service due to a moderate or severe earthquake along the Rodger's Creek/Hayward Fault.
The Proposed Project would allow the Sonoma Water to update the existing, aging cathodic protection system. Sonoma Water’s aqueducts are currently protected by a galvanic cathodic protection system (galvanic system). The galvanic system includes buried anodes that are attached to the aqueduct. The anodes provide a material that corrodes more readily than the aqueduct, so the corrosive materials in the environment around the aqueduct degrade the anodes rather than the aqueduct. This system also includes cathodic test stations, which consist of a wire lead from the aqueduct up to a test station mounted above the ground surface that allows Sonoma Water staff to test the level of cathodic protection without excavating to the aqueduct. The anodes in the current galvanic cathodic protection system are aging and, therefore, depleted and no longer provide adequate protection against corrosion. Failing to replace the existing anodes could result in corrosion and failure of sections of the aqueducts in the future.
The objective of the proposed project is to extend the service lives of the Santa Rosa and Cotati aqueducts by installing an updated cathodic protection system, which will protect the aqueducts from corrosion.
Public Comment Period for this Notice of Preparation closed on August 10, 2018.
Documents or files related to the Proposed Project are available for review online or at Sonoma Water’s administrative office at 404 Aviation Boulevard, Santa Rosa, California, 95403.
If you have any questions regarding this NOP, or if you wish to update information on our mailing list, please contact Anne Crealock at 707-547-1948 or Anne.Crealock@scwa.ca.gov
The Proposed Project would repair and improve a portion of the District’s existing sewer trunk main to reliably handle dry and wet weather inflows. The Proposed Project would include the following components: (1) abandon and/or remove and replace sections (approximately 8,500 linear feet) of the existing 21-inch diameter reinforced concrete underground sewer trunk main with 27-inch polyvinyl chloride pipe, including sections of connecting sewer lines, manholes and other appurtenances; (2) restore roadway surface; (3) relocate, reconstruct, or remove miscellaneous structures; and (4) relocate, install, or abandon other utilities. The Proposed Project would occur in three phases over approximately a three-year period, beginning in 2019. The public review period closed at January 7, 2019. Learn more about the proposed project.