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May rainstorm forces lowering of rubber dam


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2019   CONTACT Barry Dugan Principal Programs Specialist 707-547-1930 707-331-2040 barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov   River forecast to reach 6,000 cubic feet per second Sunday night (Forestville, CA)  – Less than a week after it had fully inflated its rubber dam on the  Russian River in preparation for summertime...

North Coast Entities to Sign Potter Valley Project Planning Agreement


Contacts: Congressman 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: Tracey Diaz, 415-392-8887 x103   tdiaz@caltrout.org Mendocino IWPC: Janet Pauli, jpauli@pauliranch.com The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water), Mendocino Inland Water and Power Commission, and ...

Russian River Inflatable Rubber Dam Going Up


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 6, 2019 CONTACT - Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist: 707-547-1930, 707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov Anglers, Boaters Must Portage Around Dam (Forestville, CA)  – The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) began inflating its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville on Monday, May 6. The rubber dam is a critical component...

Public Opportunity to Learn How Habitat Enhancement Projects are Benefitting Russian River Coho, Steelhead


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 18, 2019 CONTACT: Barry Dugan, Principal Programs Specialist - 707-547-1930, 707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov Geyserville, CA – On Monday, April 22, the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will take a virtual tour of projects designed to help restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed, while maintaining the re...

Board Approves Larkfield Estates Sewer Project and Low-cost Construction and Connection Fee Financing


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 7, 2019 CONTACT - Barry Dugan, Senior Programs Specialist: 707-547-1930, 707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov Santa Rosa, CA – The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) Board of Directors (Board) has approved a project to bring sewer service to the Larkfield Estates neighborhood that was destroyed in the October, 2017 Tubbs Fire. The project was...

Atmospheric River swells reservoirs and puts pressure on sanitation collection systems


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 17, 2019 CONTACT: Barry Dugan - 707-547-1930,  707-331-2040, barry.dugan@scwa.ca.gov Santa Rosa, CA – The atmospheric river that swept into Sonoma County this week sent reservoirs levels rising in the two main water supply reservoirs that the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) manages, but the heavy rainfall also put pressure on the wastew...

Faulty Valve Leads to Sonoma Valley Wastewater Spill


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 12, 2019 CONTACT - Ann DuBay 707-524-8378 (office) 707-322-8185 (cell) ann.dubay@scwa.ca.gov (Sonoma, CA) – A faulty valve resulted in the accidental release of approximately 2 million gallons of untreated wastewater from a pipeline in the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (District). The leak occurred at Schell Slough in S...

Inflatable Dam Deflation Begins Today on Russian River


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 13, 2018 CONTACT: Ann DuBay, 707-524-8378 (office), 707-322-8185 (cell), ann.dubay@scwa.ca.gov   Santa Rosa, CA –The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) today will begin deflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville. Sonoma Water routinely deflates the rubber dam when Russian River flows reach 2,000 cubic fe...

Army Corps of Engineers approves request to allow more winter storage in Lake Mendocino


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 7, 2018 Ukiah, CA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will allow additional water to be stored in Lake Mendocino during this winter’s rainy season to improve water supply reliability and environmental conditions in the Russian River, while continuing to ensure flood management capacity of the reservoir. The decision would allow the Corps to...

Governor Brown Signs State Senator McGuire's Mussel Prevention Funding Bill, Mussel Inspections to Immediately Increase at Lake Sonoma, Lake Mendocino


For Immediate Release - September 9, 2018 Contact: Brad Sherwood, 707.322.8192 (cell), brad.sherwood@scwa.ca.gov (Santa Rosa, CA)  Governor Jerry Brown yesterday signed into law Senate Bill 790, authored by State Senator Mike McGuire that will allow any person or entity that manages any aspect of the water in a reservoir where recreational, boating, or fishing activities are perm...

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