Working Today for Water Tomorrow
The mission of the Sonoma County Water Agency is to effectively manage the water resources in our care for the benefit of people and the environment through resource and environmental stewardship, technical innovation, and responsible fiscal management.
The Sonoma County Water Agency is a regional leader in water resources management. The Water Agency strives to look forward, beyond today’s issues, to anticipate ways to advance its mission. Additionally, the Water Agency
continues to adapt its mission in response to changing opportunities, keeping the Water Agency at the forefront of developments in the water industry.
The Water Agency was created as a special district in 1949 by the California Legislature to provide flood protection and water supply services. Legislation enacted in 1995 added the treatment and disposal of wastewater to the Water Agency’s responsibilities. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors acts as the Water Agency’s Board of Directors. The Water Agency is a separate legal entity created by State law, having specific limited purposes and powers, and separate sources of funding.
February 20, 2014
Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) yesterday unveiled emergency drought relief legislation that includes $680 million for immediate water supply relief projects throughout the state. If approved by the legislature and signed by the governor, the funding would be made available immediately from existing funding sources including the Proposition 84 and 1E grant programs.
February 13, 2014
Sonoma County Water Agency crews will be working through the night to replace a large 16-inch underground sewer pipe which broke today at the corner Beach Avenue and Orchard Avenue in Guerneville. The pipe, which carries wastewater to the Russian River Sanitation District treatment plant, (operated by the Water Agency) is releasing some untreated wastewater into the Russian River. The majority of the wastewater is being pumped into tanker trucks and will be treated offsite.
February 7, 2014
Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) on February 4 introduced a bill, the Fixing Operations of Reservoirs to Encompass Climatic and Atmospheric Science Trends Act (the FORECAST Act), to bring U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) reservoir operations in line with modern science, save water, and help communities through extreme weather events, like droughts. The Corps manages flood control releases and the Sonoma County Water Agency manages water supply releases from both Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma based on a water control manual written as much as 60 years ago. The FORECAST Act would help the Corps update these manuals based on the latest atmospheric science and weather forecasting.
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Meet the Water Agency General Manager
Grant Davis, as the General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, is responsible for management activities related to the Water Agency’s core functions of water delivery, wastewater management, flood protection, and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Davis was Executive Director of The Bay Institute, a science-based nonprofit, dedicated to protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta Watershed and improving water management in California.
Mr. Davis also worked for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and was an aide to State Senator Milton Marks of San Francisco and to Assemblywoman Lucy Killea of San Diego. Davis also operated a successful small business, specializing in strategic planning, public relations and campaign management. Mr. Davis is a board member of the California Utility Executives and Managers Association, Water Reuse California, and the Bay Planning Coalition. He received his BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
View current water supply levels in Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino as well as current Russian River flows.
Sonoma County Water Agency provides high quality drinking water to over 600,000 people in Sonoma and northern Marin Counties.
The Sonoma County Water Agency has a duty to secure water for future generations of Sonoma County residents. The potential impacts of climate change will make it more difficult to meet that mission.
The Sonoma County Water agency is responsible for maintaining over 75 miles of streams throughout Sonoma County, and has numerous facilities to help reduce the risk of flooding.
The Sonoma County Water Agency manages and operates eight different sanitation districts and zones throughout Sonoma County. High-quality tertiary treated recycled water is an important source of water and its use offsets potable water demands.