Press Releases from Sonoma County Water Agency

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  • Published on August 20, 2018
    Members of the public are invited to submit comments on a storm water resources plan for the Petaluma River and Sonoma Creek watersheds that has identified more than 60 projects that will utilize storm water from heavy rainfall for beneficial uses, such as flood protection, recharge of groundwater, slowing erosion from hillsides, and improving water quality in creeks and streams. Comment period closes September 17, 2018.
  • Published on June 18, 2018
    On Thursday, June 21, 2018 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.

  • Published on June 6, 2018
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Board of Directors (Board) today approved a plan to extend sewer service in the neighborhood of Larkfield Estates that was destroyed during last year’s fires.

  • Published on June 5, 2018
    Winners of the Sonoma County Water Agency’s (Water Agency) annual Water Awareness school poster contest and the Russian River Watershed Association’s high school video contest were announced recently during a celebration held to acknowledge the winning entries and hand out prizes.
  • Published on June 1, 2018
    The Sonoma County Water Agency will hold a series of community meetings to discuss a proposed sewer lateral ordinance aimed at preventing sewer overflows that occur during heavy rains. Meetings will be held in Santa Rosa on June 19, Monte Rio on June 26, and at The Sea Ranch on July 28.
  • Published on May 30, 2018

    The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) will be implementing a regional multi-media effort throughout the North Bay region with a simple message: There’s never enough to waste.

  • Published on May 21, 2018
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) began inflating its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville on Monday, May 21, 2018. The rubber dam is a critical component of the Russian River water supply system that provides naturally filtered drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. The rubber dam will remain inflated through summer and into the fall.

  • Published on May 18, 2018
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will hold a series of community meetings to discuss a proposed sewer lateral ordinance aimed at preventing sewer overflows that occur during heavy rains.
  • Published on May 17, 2018

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, May 31, 2018 to update the community on the Russian River Estuary Management Project. The meeting will be held at the Jenner Community Center, 10398 Highway 1, Jenner, from 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Published on April 26, 2018
    The annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour (Tour) will take place on Saturday May 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now in its eighth year, the Tour is sponsored by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) and focuses on low water-use sustainable landscaping. The 2018 tour includes gardens in Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley, Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, and San Anselmo.
  • Published on March 20, 2018

    The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and partners are developing free landscape design templates to help fire victims get back in their homes faster, while encouraging long-term environmental sustainability. Sonoma County residents are invited to attend two community input sessions to participate in the development of these landscape design templates, which will help define the look, feel, and functionality of the landscapes in the neighborhoods being rebuilt.

  • Published on February 27, 2018

    A series of community workshops are scheduled to update well owners and others on options for short-term funding of Sonoma County’s Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs)

  • Published on February 27, 2018

    A four-inch wastewater pipeline was inadvertently punctured in downtown Occidental Monday morning, causing less than 1,200 gallons of untreated wastewater to be released.

  • Published on February 16, 2018

    On Thursday, Feb. 22 the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will hold its annual meeting to review projects that are helping to restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed while maintaining the region’s primary water supply. This year’s meeting will include a walking tour of a habitat enhancement project on Dry Creek.

  • Published on February 9, 2018
    Dry Creek residents and all those interested in the progress of the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project are invited to attend the annual Dry Creek Community Meeting on Thursday, February 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma.
  • Published on January 8, 2018
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) today began deflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville. The Water Agency routinely deflates the rubber dam when Russian River flows reach 2,000 cubic feet per second in order to prevent damage to the rubber dam from the high flows.

  • Published on November 6, 2017

    Community meetings are planned on November 14 in Petaluma and November 15 in Sonoma to receive input on a storm water resources plan for the Petaluma River and Sonoma Creek watersheds that will identify projects that utilize storm water from heavy rainfall for beneficial uses, such as flood protection, recharge of groundwater, slowing erosion from hillsides, and improving water quality in creeks and streams.

  • Published on October 2, 2017

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA), which operates the Occidental County Sanitation District’s (OCSD) Wastewater Treatment Facility, has released an environmental analysis of a proposed project to transport the OCSD’s wastewater to the Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone wastewater treatment plant. The 30-day public comment period opened on September 29, 2017.

  • Published on September 19, 2017

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Board of Directors today approved a program to develop an Energy Education Program that incorporates energy efficiency and climate change into the existing Water Education program that reaches 10,000 students annually.

  • Published on August 29, 2017
    A pilot program to expose young adults to opportunities in the water industry was approved on Tuesday by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors

  • Published on August 29, 2017

    The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (District) will host an informational community meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Charter School to discuss a proposed sewer trunk main replacement project.

  • Published on August 2, 2017

    Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane today testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water and Power to discuss the many innovative water supply and drought resilience initiatives the Water Agency is currently implementing. 

  • Published on August 2, 2017

    Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane today testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water and Power to discuss the many innovative water supply and drought resilience initiatives the Water Agency is currently implementing.  The purpose of the hearing was to examine increasing water security and drought preparedness through infrastructure, management and innovation.  

  • Published on August 1, 2017

     On Tuesday, August 1, 2017  the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors named Assistant General Manager Michael Thompson to serve as the agency’s interim general manager while a national search is conducted to replace outgoing general manager Grant Davis.

  • Published on July 21, 2017

    Applications are due 5 p.m., Monday, July 31 for board-appointed members of groundwater advisory committees in Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain and Sonoma Valley groundwater basins.

  • Published on July 20, 2017

    North Bay Water Reuse Program – The North Bay Water Reuse Authority (NBWRA) is proposing
    Phase 2 of the North Bay Water Reuse Program to continue increasing the beneficial use of recycled
    water.

  • Published on July 19, 2017

    Sonoma County Water Agency General Manager Grant Davis today was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to become the Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) effective August 1, 2017.  Acting DWR Director William R. Croyle retired on July 1, 2017.

  • Published on June 22, 2017

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) signed an agreement this week on a cost-sharing agreement for construction of a $6.3 million portion of the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project.

  • Published on June 16, 2017

    The Santa Rosa Plain Advisory Committee consists of 18 members, seven of which will be appointed by the Santa Rosa Plain GSA board.

  • Published on June 5, 2017
    On Wednesday, June 14, more than 50 Sonoma County youth and young adults will be removing invasive plants, clearing trails and cleaning up Spring Lake Regional Park. The clean-up is the kick-off event for the 2017 Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC). The kick-off event is one of several opportunities for the media to interview and photograph program participants and providers.
  • Published on June 2, 2017

    The Sonoma County Water Agency, which operates the Occidental County Sanitation District’s (District) Wastewater Treatment Facility, will hold an Open House Meeting on Thursday, June 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Union Hotel where community members will be able to ask questions and receive information about the District’s Wastewater Transport Project (Proposed Project). 

  • Published on May 17, 2017
    Public hearings are scheduled to consider designating three local agencies to be responsible for ensuring groundwater is available now and into the future. The hearings will be held on June 1 for the Santa Rosa Plain basin; June 8 for the Sonoma Valley basin; and June 22 for Petaluma Valley basin.
  • Published on May 2, 2017

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will hold its annual meeting on Monday, May 15, 2017 to update the community on the Russian River Estuary Management Project. The meeting will be held at the Monte Rio Community Center, 20488 Highway 116, Monte Rio, from 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Published on April 28, 2017

    On April 25, 2017 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors unanimously approved the formation of three joint powers agreements. These agreements will result in the creation of three new groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) that will ensure that the Santa Rosa Plain, Petaluma Valley and Sonoma Valley basins continue to have safe and reliable groundwater in the future.

  • Published on April 27, 2017

    At its April 21 meeting in Forestville, the North Coast Resource Partnership awarded its first biennial Jimmy Smith Leadership Award to Mayor Jake Mackenzie from Rohnert Park.  The award recognizes Mackenzie’s achievements as former Chair of the Partnership working to build communication and understanding among the seven counties and 34 Tribal entities of California’s North Coast Region.

  • Published on March 15, 2017

    A series of community meetings are scheduled to update well owners and others on the creation of three new agencies to locally implement California’s new groundwater law.

  • Published on March 10, 2017

    On Monday, March 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., there will be a public meeting on local fish habitat restoration projects. The Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will take a virtual tour of milestones and projects that are helping to restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed, while maintaining the region’s primary water supply.

  • Published on March 2, 2017

    An emergency repair project to divert Green Valley Creek from flowing over Green Valley Road is planned to begin at 7 a.m., Monday, March 6, 2017 weather dependent. Green Valley Road will be temporarily closed during the project period, when Sonoma County Water Agency crews will be removing sediment that is clogging the creek channel in the area near the road.

  • Published on February 28, 2017

    On Monday, March 13,2017  the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will take a virtual tour of milestones and projects that are helping to restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed, while maintaining the region’s primary water supply.

  • Published on February 27, 2017
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) has secured $1.89 million in state grant funding for a flood management project in Petaluma that will provide flood protection, remove sediment, create wetland habitat, and protect open space.
  • Published on February 27, 2017
    On Friday, March 24, a diverse group of stakeholders from Mendocino and Sonoma counties will gather at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm in Forestville to launch a multi-generational plan to enhance and revitalize the Russian River watershed.
  • Published on February 24, 2017
    $517,000 Grant for Laguna de Santa Rosa Restoration Awarded to Local Partners. On Tuesday, February 21, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Board of Directors adopted a resolution supporting the development of the Laguna-Mark West Creek Watershed Master Restoration Planning Project (project).
  • Published on February 14, 2017

    An emergency repair project to divert Green Valley Creek from flowing over Green Valley Road has been temporarily delayed. The project, which was slated to begin today, will begin as soon as the Sonoma County Water Agency obtains an Incidental Take Permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Published on February 10, 2017

    Emergency project to repair failing Green Valley Road starts on Tuesday. Heavy rain from the latest series of storms resulted in Green Valley Creek, a major tributary to the Russian River, jumping its banks and charting a new course over Green Valley Road.

  • Published on February 9, 2017

    Rising Russian River levels from a large atmospheric river resulted in two wastewater overflows within the Russian River County Sanitation District (District). With river levels reaching 34 feet (flood stage is 32 feet), the District wastewater collection system exceeded capacity. Overflows occurred at the District’s main lift station on Riverside Drive and on River Road.

  • Published on February 7, 2017
    Heavy rainfall from a large atmospheric river resulted in several wastewater overflows within the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (District).
  • Published on February 1, 2017

    Dry Creek residents and all those interested in the progress of the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project are invited to attend the annual Dry Creek Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 6-8 p.m. at the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma.

  • Published on January 27, 2017

    On Tuesday, January 24, the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors (Board) set a date for holding a public hearing for the Occidental County Sanitation District Wastewater Transport Compliance Project (Project) Initial Study and Negative Declaration.

  • Published on January 26, 2017

    The Sonoma County Water Agency has extended the public review period for the Fish Habitat Flow and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to 5 p.m., March 10, 2017. The 204-day review period began on August 19, 2016.

  • Published on January 26, 2017

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) today approved a request by the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) to keep an additional 5,825 acre-feet of water behind Coyote Valley Dam at Lake Mendocino in an effort to preserve water supply while meeting flood control and dam safety requirements.  The minor deviation will allow an increase of water in the water supply pool from 68,400 acre-feet to 74,225 acre-feet.

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