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:
Start by reading the Frequently Asked Questions.
The two initial workshops provided an opportunity for people to learn from staff about the project and the DEIR. No verbal public comments were taken during the open houses, although comment cards were available for people to provide written comments.
Three public hearings were held on September 13, 2016, in Santa Rosa, , on November 16, 2016 in Cloverdale and November 17, 2016 in Guerneville. The hearings included a presentation about the Proposed Project and an opportunity for public comments.
The public review period for the Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) closed on March 10, 2017. The 204-day public review period began on August 19, 2016. The comment period was extended to allow people additional time to review an errata released on January 26, 2017.
The errata was issued after resource agency staff asked a question about a specific water temperature graph in Appendix G, which resulted in Sonoma Water staff reviewing the figures again. The errata corrects temperature and dissolved oxygen figures of modeling results in the appendix. The error in the figures was a result of a labeling error, and does not change the Draft EIR impact analysis. The DEIR errata do not add significant new information or data regarding the project or environmental setting and would not substantially increase the severity of an impact or create a new significant impact.
The Fish Flow DEIR can be read online, by clicking on “full document” or on each individual Chapter or Appendix.
Printed copies of the Fish Flow DEIR and errata sheet are available for review at the following locations:
Flash drives of the full document can be purchased for $10 and paper copies of the document can be purchased for $75 at the Sonoma Water at 404 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA.