Press Releases

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…

Sonoma Water Director Lynda Hopkins to Host Drought Talk


For Immediate Release - May 24, 2021 (Spanish below)   (Santa Rosa, CA) – Sonoma Water and Board of Supervisors Chair Lynda Hopkins will host a virtual Drought Town Hall on Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. The Town Hall will be held utilizing a Zoom webinar and will be broadcast live on Director Hopkins’ Facebook page. The focus of the meeting will be on the drought and imp…

Sonoma Water Commits to 20 Percent Reduction in Russian River Diversions, Files Temporary Urgency Change Petition


Contact:  Brad Sherwood, Sonoma Water, 707-322-8192(Santa Rosa, CA) The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) today filed a Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) with the State Water Resources Control Board to reduce minimum instream flow requirements in the lower Russian River by requesting that the water year classification be temporarily changed from Dry to Critical, reducing the minimu…

Governor Newsom Provides Emergency Drought Assistance to Russian River Watershed


Contact: Brad Sherwood, 707-322-8192, Sherwood@scwa.ca.gov(Ukiah, CA)  Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) joined Governor Newsom today at a parched Lake Mendocino for the announcement of an executive order to help drought stricken watershed’s such as the Russian River watershed.Sonoma Water and Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chair Lynda Hopkins said, “Thank you to Governor Newsom for t…

Historically dry conditions and increased demands prompt inflation of Russian River inflatable dam


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 9, 2021 CONTACT: Barry Dugan - 707-547-1930 (office), 707-331-2040 (cell), barry.dugan@scwa.ca.govSanta Rosa, CA – Due to historically dry conditions and increasing water demands, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) this week began inflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville. The rubber dam is a critical component of the Russian R…

New videos series to be released on the Russian River and salmon; recording of recent PPFC meeting available


(March 26, 2021 - For immediate Release) CONTACTBarry Dugan - Principal Programs Specialist: 707-547-1930, 707-331-2040,barry.dugan@scwa.ca.govSanta Rosa, CA – A complete recording of the recently held Public Policy Facilitating Committee is now available on Sonoma Water’s website, along with the first of three short hand-drawn videos that explain the Russian River system, the life cycles of salm…

Annual Meeting About Habitat Projects that Benefit Threatened Fish in the Russian River Watershed


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   February 24, 2021   CONTACT Barry Dugan Principal Programs Specialist 707-547-1930 707-331-2040 barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov   On Tuesday, March 9, 2021 the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will host its annual meeting to receive reports and presentations on various projects designed to help restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russi…

Lake Mendocino Releases to be Reduced to Preserve Water, State Water Board Approves Order


For Immediate Release - February 5, 2021 Contact: Brad Sherwood, 707-322-8192, sherwood@scwa.ca.gov (Santa Rosa, CA) The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) can immediately reduce the amount of water it releases from Lake Mendocino after receiving a Temporary Urgency Change Order by the State Water Resources Control Board. This action will preserve water in Lake Mendocino due to low w…

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