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For Immediate Release

Virtual town hall on drought to update long-range weather forecast, impacts on Russian River, parks

SANTA ROSA, CA | July 05, 2022

Sonoma County officials and environmental leaders will present an update on the drought and its impacts on Sonoma County during a virtual town hall meeting at 4 PM on Thursday, July 7, 2022, the third in its series of monthly public forums on the drought.

Hosted by Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, the town hall will feature a panel of experts reporting on current drought conditions, the latest long-range weather forecast, and the impact of the drought on Russian River water quality, recreation and the county’s regional park system.

Register in advance to view the town hall live on Zoom and to pose written questions to panelists during the briefing. Questions may also be submitted in advance to

The briefing will be streamed live on the County of Sonoma Facebook page. Live translation in Spanish can be viewed on the County of Sonoma YouTube channel.

Who: Supervisor Lynda Hopkins; Brooke Bingaman, lead forecaster, NOAA National Weather Service; Bert Whitaker, director, Sonoma County Regional Parks; Leslye Choate, environmental health program manager, Sonoma County Department of Health Services

What: Update on the drought situation in Sonoma County

Where: The virtual town hall will be streamed to the public in English on Zoom and on the County of Sonoma Facebook page. A version of the town hall featuring Spanish interpretation also will be available on the County of Sonoma YouTube channel.

When: Thursday, July 7, 4 PM

This webinar is one in a series of virtual town halls that the County of Sonoma and Sonoma Water are offering to inform the public about the drought emergency and its impacts on Sonoma County. The town halls are being held on the first Thursday of each month through the fall.

The Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency due to drought conditions on April 27, 2021. Since then, a third consecutive year of below-average rainfall in the Russian River watershed has left the region’s two primary water storage reservoirs, Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino, near historic lows. The first five months of 2022 have been the second-driest in Sonoma County in 128 years, with rainfall 20.2 inches below normal.

Sonoma Water is a wholesale water supplier to nine cities and water districts that serve more than 600,000 residents in Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit to learn more about the drought. 

Media Contacts:
Ted Appel, Communications Specialist, County of Sonoma
(707) 565-3040

Andrea Rodriguez, Communications Manager, Sonoma Water
(707) 291-9887