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Community Meeting to Update Public on Russian River Estuary Management Project


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 15, 2019 CONTACT -  Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist, 707-547-1930, 707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov (Jenner, Calif.) – The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 to update the community on the Russian River Estuary Management Project. The meeting will be held fro...

Penngrove Wastewater Pipeline Overflow


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- July 29, 2019 Contact: Andrea Rodriguez, 707-521-1837(o), 707-291-9887(c), Andrea.Rodriguez@scwa.ca.gov (Penngrove, CA)  –A blocked sewer pipe resulted in untreated wastewater seeping from four manholes in the Penngrove Sanitation Zone collection system, which is operated by Sonoma Water. Staff removed a root mass that cau...

Lake Mendocino releases ramped down to allow Mendocino Sheriff to attempt missing person recovery


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 9, 2019 CONTACT: Barry Dugan - Principal Programs Specialist, 707-547-1930, 707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov (Santa Rosa, CA) – The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) began ramping down releases of water from Lake Mendocino on the afternoon of Monday, July 8 at the request of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department in order to attempt...

Student Winners Announced in Annual Water Awareness Poster and Video Contests


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 21, 2019 CONTACT: Barry Dugan - Principal Programs Specialist, 707-547-1930, 707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov (Santa Rosa) – Winners of the Sonoma County Water Agency’s (Sonoma Water) annual Water Awareness school poster contest and the Russian River Watershed Association’s high school video contest were announced recently during a celeb...

Broad-Based Partnership Takes Next Step Toward Two-Basin Solution for Eel and Russian Rivers


For Immediate Release - June 27, 2019 Contacts: Rep. Jared Huffman: Alexa Shaffer, 202-236-3421, Alexa.Shaffer@mail.house.gov Sonoma Water: Brad Sherwood, 707-322-8192 sherwood@scwa.ca.gov California Trout: Redgie Collins, 415-748-8755, rcollins@caltrout.org Mendocino IWPC: Janet Pauli, jpauli@pauliranch.com Humboldt County: Supervisor Estelle Fennell, 707-476-2392, EFennell@co.humboldt...

Grand Jury report acknowledges Sonoma Water’s earthquake preparation efforts, provides recommendations for further improvements


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 21, 2019 CONTACT: Barry Dugan - Principal Programs Specialist, 707-547-1930, 707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov (Santa Rosa, CA) – The 2019 Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury investigated the risk of a major earthquake in Sonoma County and the effect that it could have on residents, due to impacts on water supplies.  Because most people in Sonoma Cou...

Sonoma Water Receives Highest Credit Rating Possible for Water Bonds


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 20, 2019 CONTACT: Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist, 707-547-1930, 707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov Improved rating reflects agency’s extremely strong financial performance (Santa Rosa, CA)  – The Sonoma County Water Agency’s (Sonoma Water) credit rating has been raised to AAA – the highest rating possible.  A...

Youth Workers Kick-off 11th Year of Summer Jobs and Ecology Program


For Immediate Release: June 12, 2019 Contact: Ann DuBay 707.322.8185 Ann.DuBay@scwa.ca.gov Santa Rosa, CA – On Monday June 17th, more than 40 Sonoma County youth and young adults will be engaged in activities ranging from invasive species removal to watershed education and riparian habitat exploration at Westside Water Education Center.  The clean-up and e...

Stream Maintenance Program Improves Water Quality and Provides Flood Protection


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - June 17, 2019 CONTACT: Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist: 707-547-1930, 707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov (Santa Rosa, CA)  The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) began stream maintenance activities in or near more than 50 streams throughout Sonoma County this week to restore conveyance capacity and maintain proper function of Sonoma ...

Unprecedented Funding for Research Into Atmospheric Rivers and Stormwater Capture in California Approved by Legislature


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 14, 2019 Fountain Valley, California – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will receive $9.25 million toward funding for research into atmospheric rivers in the California Legislature’s 2019-2020 budget.  A coalition of California water agencies, that included the Orange County Water District (OCWD), Sonoma Water, San Diego Count...

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