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Public Meeting on Local Fish Habitat Restoration Projects

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Public Meeting on Local Fish Habitat Restoration Projects

On Monday, March 13, 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 (meeting details below).

The Biological Opinion was released by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in September 2008. This 15-year plan requires the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to modify Russian River water supply and flood control operations to prevent harm to endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout.  The PPFC – comprised of elected and appointed officials from public agencies throughout the region – meets annually to review implementation of the Russian River Biological opinion.

“Now in the ninth year of implementation of the Biological Opinion there are projects on the ground – and we are seeing coho and steelhead using this new habitat,” said PPFC Chairman James Gore, a Water Agency Director and a member of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. “We are looking forward to sharing some great videos and photos to provide a new perspective on fish in the Russian River.”

The Biological Opinion requirements include reducing minimum summertime flows in the Russian River and Dry Creek; changing the way the sandbar is managed at the estuary between May 15 and October 15; enhancing habitat in Dry Creek; and fish monitoring.

Presentations on March 13 will include video footage and photos of projects that are often unreachable to the public due to private land access and safety concerns. Topics will include a new sea-level rise tool; a discussion of blue-green algae monitoring; and the construction of habitat enhancement projects in Dry Creek. The public will have an opportunity to comment.

Meeting Details

  • DATE:  Monday, March 13

  • TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • LOCATION: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa

The meeting agenda is available at  www.sonomacountywater.org/rrifr. For additional information, please contact Ann DuBay at Ann.DuBay@scwa.ca.gov or 707.322.8185.

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