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Stormwater Resource Plan for the Russian River Watershed

Jun 16, 2017


Russian River Watershed Association Seeks Public Input in the Development of a Stormwater Resource Plan for the Russian River Watershed

The Russian River Watershed Association (RRWA) is pleased to announce the development of a grant-funded Storm Water Resources Plan (SWRP) for the Russian River watershed. Public meetings will be held to discuss the SWRP and provide an opportunity for input on watershed priorities, storm water projects to be evaluated, and the prioritization of projects for future implementation.

The purpose of the SWRP is to identify and prioritize projects that improve the use of stormwater as a resource and “bringing to the top” those multi-benefit projects that can best meet the identified priorities on a watershed basis.

The SWRP must satisfy the requirements of Senate Bill 985 and State Water Board SWRP guidelines to establish eligibility for our local agencies and organizations to receive future State storm water grant funds. The RRWA agencies and many local collaborating entities plan to apply for Proposition 1 Implementation Grant Funds from the State Water Resources Control Board’s Storm Water Grant Program in 2018. The SWRP will provide the guidance and tools to support these community organizations in developing competitive projects for state-wide grant funding.

How the Public Can Get Involved.

The first round of meetings will be held Monday, June 26th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the City of Ukiah’s Council Chambers, 300 Seminary Avenue in Ukiah and Tuesday, June 27th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Regional Water Board, 5550 Skylane Boulevard in Santa Rosa. Public comment period on draft SWRP: TBA

For More Information. For more information, please visit the Russian River Watershed Association’s SWRP website at:


The primary goal of a Storm Water Resource Plan, or SWRP, is to identify projects that capture and reuse stormwater runoff to provide multiple benefits, including environmental, flood control, groundwater recharge, and recreational opportunities.

Benefits of the regional approach

A regional SWRP will provide opportunities to develop larger, multi-benefit projects for the watershed that offer significant regional benefits, as well as smaller multi-benefit projects that are likely to be selected for future State implementation funding. The Russian River watershed SWRP is an opportunity for members, collaborating entities, the public, and stakeholder groups to propose, weigh, and recommend stormwater capture projects that can provide the largest public benefit.

If you would like to submit a project for evaluation in the SWRP, please click here to provide information to the SWRP project team.

Questions? Email

Storm Water Resource Plan Guidelines PDF

Storm Water Resource Plan Check List (Guidelines Appendix A)


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