Press Releases from Sonoma County Water Agency

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  • Water Agency
    Published on December 2, 2019
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) today began the process of deflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville.

  • Water Agency
    Published on November 6, 2019
    Water Agency

    During the months of October and November, up to 21 groundwater monitoring wells will be drilled near Sonoma County creeks to provide new information to managers and the public on the link between groundwater and stream flows.

  • Sonoma Water
    Published on July 30, 2019
    Sonoma Water
    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.
  • Sonoma Water
    Published on July 30, 2019
    Sonoma Water
    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.
  • Water Agency
    Published on July 12, 2019
    Water Agency
    On Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. there will be a Groundbreaking Ceremony to mark the beginning of Reach 4A and 4B.1 of the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District’s Sewer Trunk Main Replacement Project.
  • Water Agency
    Published on July 9, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) began ramping down releases of water from Lake Mendocino on the afternoon of Monday, July 8, 2019 at the request of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department in order to attempt the recovery of a missing person
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 27, 2019
    Water Agency
    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 celebration held to acknowledge the winning entries and hand out prizes.
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 21, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) has launched a regional multi-media effort throughout the North Bay region with a simple message: Know When to Water.
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 20, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma County Water Agency’s (Sonoma Water) credit rating has been raised to AAA – the highest rating possible.  AAA credit ratings are very seldom provided to entities as small as Sonoma Water and this rating signifies the confidence Sonoma Water has earned in the financial community.
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 17, 2019
    Water Agency
    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.
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 17, 2019
    Water Agency
    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 Water flood control channels and retain or enhance appropriate habitat.
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 13, 2019
    Water Agency
    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
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 12, 2019
    Water Agency
    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.
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 11, 2019
    Water Agency
    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.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 30, 2019
    Water Agency
    For the second time this year, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) is in the process of raising its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 28, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) Board of Directors (Board) last Tuesday approved a set of rate adjustments for the eight sanitation districts and zones that provide sewer service to more than 18,000 properties throughout the county.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 22, 2019
    Water Agency
    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)
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 17, 2019
    Water Agency
    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.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 14, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water), Mendocino Inland Water and Power Commission, and California Trout, Inc. are working towards adopting a Potter Valley Project (Project) planning agreement to secure the region’s water supply and protect endangered salmon species in the Eel River and upper Russian River.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 8, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Geyserville Fire Protection District (GFPD) has received a $540,000 grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for the Lake Sonoma Watershed Fire Prevention Project.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 6, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) began inflating its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville on Monday, May 6, 2019
  • Water Agency
    Published on April 18, 2019
    Water Agency
    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 region’s primary water supply.
  • Water Agency
    Published on April 8, 2019
    Water Agency
    On Thursday, April 11, the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Board of Directors will consider an ordinance to allow groundwater users to be registered and would authorize the GSA to adopt a groundwater sustainability fee.
  • Water Agency
    Published on March 1, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is hosting a series of community meetings next week, to discuss a proposed groundwater sustainability fee to provide short-term funding for the new agency.
  • Water Agency
    Published on February 6, 2019
    Water Agency
    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.
  • Water Agency
    Published on January 17, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is hosting a community meeting on January 30, to discuss a proposed groundwater sustainability fee to provide short-term funding for the new agency. Attendees will also learn about a proposed well registration program. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Ave, Santa Rosa.
  • Water Agency
    Published on January 17, 2019
    Water Agency
    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 wastewater collection system in the Sonoma Valley.
  • Water Agency
    Published on January 14, 2019
    Water Agency
    A faulty valve resulted in the accidental release of 2 million gallons of untreated wastewater from a pipeline in the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (District). The leak occurred at Schell Slough in Sonoma Valley, and the wastewater flowed into the slough.

  • Water Agency
    Published on December 17, 2018
    Water Agency

    Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.9 million to the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) for relocation of a portion of the water supply pipeline outside a hazard zone, providing for increased resiliency to future disasters. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on December 17, 2018
    Water Agency

    The mouth of the Russian River opened on its own at about 9:30 p.m., Sunday, December 16. The water surface elevation is currently about six feet above sea level, and no longer presents a flooding threat to low-lying areas of Jenner.

  • Water Agency
    Published on December 16, 2018
    Water Agency

    Flooding is likely in low-lying areas near Jenner tonight and into Monday, due to waters rapidly rising in the Russian River estuary (where the river flows into the Pacific Ocean). Water surface elevations in the estuary are currently approximately 10 feet above sea level.

  • Water Agency
    Published on December 13, 2018
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) today will begin deflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville.

  • Water Agency
    Published on December 5, 2018
    Water Agency
    On Thursday, December 13, 1 p.m., the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Board of Directors will hold a study session on fee options to provide short-term funding for the new agency.

  • Water Agency
    Published on November 7, 2018
    Water Agency

    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 use modern weather prediction technology to operate the reservoir with more flexibility to store more water when no major storms are foretasted.

  • Water Agency
    Published on November 2, 2018
    Water Agency
    Something as simple as flushing the toilet can cause big problems. Just ask your local wastewater treatment plant worker.

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 6, 2018
    Water Agency
    Two months after the directors of Sonoma Water and the Board of Supervisors agreed to fund a pilot project of fire cameras to provide early detection of wildfires, the nascent network of fire-detecting apparatus demonstrated its value when a camera atop Geyser Peak spotted a recently ignited fire and allowed firefighters to locate and quickly suppress the blaze.

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 6, 2018
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma-Marin Water Saving Partnership (Partnership), a group of North Bay water utilities, has once again been recognized with national awards for its water-saving efforts

  • Water Agency
    Published on August 20, 2018
    Water Agency
    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.
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 18, 2018
    Water Agency
    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.

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 5, 2018
    Water Agency
    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.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 30, 2018
    Water Agency

    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.

  • Water Agency
    Published on May 21, 2018
    Water Agency
    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.

  • Water Agency
    Published on May 18, 2018
    Water Agency
    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.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 17, 2018
    Water Agency

    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.

  • Water Agency
    Published on April 26, 2018
    Water Agency
    The annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour (Tour) will take place on Saturday May 5, 2018 from 10 AM to 4 PM. 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.
  • Water Agency
    Published on March 20, 2018
    Water Agency

    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.

  • Water Agency
    Published on February 27, 2018
    Water Agency

    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)

  • Water Agency
    Published on February 27, 2018
    Water Agency

    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.

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