Sonoma County Water Agency

As the rainy season approaches, multiple state, regional and local agencies are preparing for the potential impacts of the recent wildfires on urban and rural communities. There are 617 streams in the areas affected by fire in Sonoma County. Drinking water is safe and continually monitored, but because the county’s natural watersheds filter drinking water, it is critically important that ash, debris and other pollutants are prevented from entering stream systems to the maximum extent possible.

Will Wet Winter Change Russian River’s Summer Flows?

May 13, 2017

In recent years, lower summertime flows in the Russian River have been necessary for water conservation as well as the benefit of young salmon preparing to head out to sea. But this year, with ample water available, the calculus may be different.

The county water agency will hold its annual community meeting on the condition and management of Russian River estuary Monday night in Monte Rio.  You can find details about that here.

Homeless Encampment Relocates

Nov 17, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB News

  After 10 weeks in a parking lot next to the empty former offices of theSonoma County Water Agency, a camp of more than two dozen homeless adults made a hasty move move to a new, and much smaller site Tuesday.

'Tiny Steps' Toward Groundwater Management

Mar 17, 2015
Sonoma County Water Agency

For the first time ever, California is moving to protect and monitor groundwater resources and ensure their sustainability. But it will be up to local governments to implement the measures—with a threat of state intervention if they fall short.

  ut as the regulatory roll-out gets started, there is a big question looming over the whole long-range process, points out David Keller of Friends of the Eel River:  how much more water will be allocated to additional users, such as wineries and residential developments, in the meantime.

Federal Water Bill Benefits Sonoma County

Jun 2, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Two incumbent congressmen--both up for re-election this week--held a joint press conference in Santa Rosa Monday. But the topic was water, not politics. 

The last big Federal water projects bill was passed in 2007. The new measure is smaller, and went through a more rigorous vetting process, but Congressman Mike Thompson says it still proved to be an effective vehicle for necessary local projects.

Among those local efforts, noted Santa Rosa City Council member Erin Carlstrom, was expansion of the city’s water recycling program.

Drought Drive-ups, Town Hall Meetings Set

Apr 21, 2014
Sonoma County Water Agency

  The landscape around us is still green, but the drought is still on, too. It will be the focus of a series of four Town Hall meetings beginning Wednesday in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park. Here’s a preview.

The schedule for the Town Hall Meetings is:

Santa Rosa

Wednesday, April 23, 6 – 8 pm

Santa Rosa Finley Center, 2060 W College Ave.

Rohnert Park

Wednesday, April 23,  6:00 – 8:00 pm

City Council Chambers, 130 Avram Ave.


Wednesday, April 29, 6 – 8 pm

Buried Jetty at Goat Rock Beach to be Studied

Mar 6, 2014

  The flat rocky connection between Goat Rock and the adjacent State Beach is NOT the Goat Rock Jetty. That’s a parking lot, but the jetty is rock wall now buried beneath the sand at the mouth of the Russian River. It’s also the subject of a new study that gets underway today, and here’s what that’s all about.

While the study of the Goat Rock State Beach Jetty is underway, the beach will remain open to the public as usual and every effort will be made to avoid disturbing the seals and sea lions that congregate on the sand nearby.

Call for Increased Water Conservation

Feb 4, 2014

Drought is becoming the dominant topic in California now, as reservoirs dwindle, and weather forecasts offer little likelihood of replenishing them. Locally, the Sonoma County Water Agency is calling on everyone to cut their water usage significantly.

Chinook numbers down from last year in Russian River

Jan 29, 2014

Each fall and winter the Sonoma County Water Agency tracks chinook salmon returning to the Russian River watershed. Water Agency spokeswoman Ann DuBay says the 2013-14 season is poorer than last year, owing, in part, to a lack of rain. The agency is requesting residents near the Russian River's headwaters conserve water to aid the returning fish.