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2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019

Ten national, state and local environmental organizations, including the Center for Biological Diversity and Madrone Audubon Society, have written letters to Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravich urging her to pursue criminal charges against wine company executive Hugh Reimers and his company, Krasilsa Pacific Farms.

2019-06-11Jun 11, 2019

The Board of Directors of the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency is holding a public meeting on Thursday, June 13, 1 p.m. at 35 Stony Point Road to consider adoption of a groundwater sustainability fee and a groundwater user registration ordinance.

2019-05-26May 26, 2019

Even though the Russian River watershed has received roughly 130 percent of the average rainfall this season, it is time to discuss the impacts of overwatered landscapes as the dry weather returns and irrigation controllers turn on. You are most likely aware of the traditional reasons to properly water your landscaping: save water and money, address water-wasting leaky irrigation lines, respond to drought conditions, and keep landscapes alive! But what you may not know is, overwatering is actually an enforceable code violation in many jurisdictions. 

 

2019-05-21May 21, 2019

On Tuesday, May 21, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water Board) and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors (County Board) approved a plan to offset a fee that is likely to be imposed on groundwater users in the Santa Rosa Plain (an area extending from Santa Rosa west to Sebastopol, north to Windsor and south to Cotati). 

2019-05-17May 17, 2019

Less than a week after it had fully inflated its rubber dam on the Russian River in preparation for summertime water demands, heavy rains forced the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) to reverse field Thursday and begin lowering the rubber dam back down. The unusual rainstorms that swept into Sonoma County this week are forecast to raise river flows to 6,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by Sunday night, flows that could potentially damage the inflatable dam.

 

2019-08-29Aug 29, 2019

A coalition of cities, counties, towns, and special districts that share the Russian River watershed have partnered to raise awareness about storm drains and their connection to the vitality of our local creeks. Many community members are unaware of the fact that the storm drains in our streets, go directly into local creeks, and ultimately flow into the Russian River. The campaign focuses on raising awareness about impacts to our watershed and water quality by educating residents about one essential fact — only rain should ever go down the storm drain. 

 

2019-08-17Aug 17, 2019

As of August 15, 2019, the Sonoma County Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual version 7.0 is in effect.  Customers are hereby advised that any septic applications will be required to comply with the provisions of the OWTS Manual version 7.0.  Customers are further advised of the following updates to Permit Sonoma’s permitting procedures:

2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019

FEMA Representatives Reviewing Flood-Damaged Roads - Russian River Water Quality -Newombudsperson – Alisha O’Loughlinfor the Lower River area -Changes in the Fifth District Office as Susan Upchurch retires and Leo Chyi takes her place. Join Sonoma Coast and Lower Russian River MAC meeting in Cazadero with Senator Mike McGuire on August 15.

2019-07-13Jul 13, 2019

In mid-June, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors took action to meet State mandated septic system regulations that protect water quality and public health. “Our Local Agency Management Program balances state regulations with local septic policy,” said Board Chair David Rabbitt. “In some areas we are providing more flexibility to homeowners. For example, the new policy no longer requires septic system review for certain building improvements to existing structures.”

2019-07-05Jul 5, 2019

In the first six months of 2019 Clean River Alliance has helped remove over 136,664 pounds of material from the Russian River watershed. That’s over 68 tons!

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury report acknowledges Sonoma Water’s earthquake preparation. In June, the Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury concluded its investigation into the risk of a major earthquake in Sonoma County and the effect that it could have on residents, due to impacts on water supplies. The Grand Jury’s report suggests some areas where the department should improve while acknowledging some of the agency's strengths.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

The team behind the Small Business Flood Relief Fund, formed to help businesses recover from the February 2019 floods, raised $129,000 with the help of donors and local organizations. So far, the fund has awarded 53 grants to local businesses and nonprofits.

2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019

On Thursday, June 13, the Board of Directors of the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency approved a groundwater sustainability fee and adopted a groundwater user registration ordinance.

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