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Russian River Inflatable Dam Deflation Planned in Advance of Atmospheric River Forecast for Sunday


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2021CONTACT Barry Dugan, 707-331-2040 (cell), barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov(Spanish below) (Español abajo) Santa Rosa, CA – In anticipation of  a major storm arriving Sunday and elevated river flows, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) on Saturday, Oct. 23 will begin the process of deflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville. Sonoma…

Board Approves Plan to Reduce Risks to Critical Infrastructure from the Impacts of Climate Change


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 19, 2021 CONTACT Barry Dugan, Sonoma Water, 707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov (Spanish below) (Español abajo)  (Santa Rosa, CA) – The Sonoma Water Board of Directors today approved its first-ever Climate Adaptation Plan (CAP) that provides a roadmap for the agency as it navigates the impacts of climate change …

Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership Unveils New Website


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 4, 2021CONTACT: Barry Dugan, 707-331-2040 (cell), barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov(Spanish below) (Español abajo) Santa Rosa, CA – The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership), a collaboration of 13 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties, has unveiled a new website design it hopes will increase awareness of the Partnership’s many water conservation programs…

Free Water Saving Kits at “Drought Drop By” Event in Sonoma, Marin Counties


For Immediate Release – September 28, 2021 (Spanish below) Contact: Barry Dugan Principal Programs Specialist Sonoma Water 707-331-2040  SANTA ROSA, CA – As the current historic drought continues to worsen, water customers in Sonoma and Marin counties are encouraged to pick up a free water saving kit during a “Drought Drop By” event on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sonoma Water…

Supervisor David Rabbitt and Sonoma Water to Host Drought Town Hall


For Immediate Release - September 10, 2021Contact: Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist, Sonoma Water, 707-331-2040Spanish below: (Santa Rosa, CA) – Sonoma County Water Agency and Second District Supervisor David Rabbitt will host a virtual Drought Town Hall on Wednesday, September 15 at 5:30 p.m. The Town Hall will be held utilizing a Zoom webinar. The focus of the meeting will be on the d…

Lake Mendocino Storage Drops Below 20,000 Acre Feet, Signaling Need for Continued Water Conservation


For Immediate Release - Friday, August 27, 2021(Spanish below) Contact: Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist, Sonoma Water, 707-331-2040 (Ukiah, CA) – Lake Mendocino this week fell below 20,000 acre-feet (AF) of storage, falling short of a water conservation goal established to maintain adequate downstream flows for fisheries and human health and safety needs for municipal users.A minimum s…

Free Water Saving Kits at Regional “Drought Drop By” Event on August 21


August 10, 2021 – For Immediate Release(Spanish below)Contact: Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist, Sonoma Water - 707-331-2040 SANTA ROSA, CA – Water customers throughout the North Bay will be able pick up a free water saving kit during a three-county “Drought Drop By” event on August 21, 2021, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sonoma Water and its partners in the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnershi…

Replacement of Rubber Dam on Russian River Will Close Passage for Boaters Through October


For Immediate Release - Wednesday, June 16, 2021Contact: Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist, Sonoma Water, 707-331-2040Santa Rosa, CA – The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) will begin the replacement of its inflatable rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville next week, and boating access through the construction zone will be closed through the summer. The rubber d…

State Board Orders Reduction of Minimum Instream Flows and Diversions From the Russian River following Petition from Sonoma Water


June 14, 2021 – For Immediate Release Contact: Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist, Sonoma Water, 707-331-2040   (Santa Rosa, CA) – In response to worsening drought conditions in the Russia River Watershed, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) today issued an order that will reduce minimum instream flow requirements in the lower Russian River from 85 cubi…

Free Water Saving Kits at Regional “Drought Drop By” Event


June 3, 2021 – For Immediate ReleaseContact: Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist, Sonoma Water, 707-331-2040(Spanish below)SANTA ROSA, CA – Water customers throughout the North Bay will be able pick up a free water saving kit during a three-county “Drought Drop By” event on June 12, 2021, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sonoma Water and its partners in the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership encour…

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