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Sonoma County Fish Habitat Restoration Virtual Tour

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Sonoma County Fish Habitat Restoration
Virtual Tour - January 28, 2015

On Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 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 seventh year of implementation of the Biological Opinion we are seeing projects on the ground. We now have one new mile of habitat to protect young fish at one of the most critical components to our water supply system,” said PPFC Chairman Efren Carrillo, a Water Agency Director and a member of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. “We will share this information in an engaging and informative way that will provide a new perspective of the projects.”

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

Presentations on January 28th will include new video footage of projects and monitoring techniques that are often unreachable to the public due to private land access and safety concerns. Topics will include the results of fish monitoring and the construction of habitat enhancement projects in Dry Creek, major construction along the Russian River at the Water Agency’s River Diversion Structure, and an update on the Jenner Jetty study. The public will have an opportunity to comment.

Meeting Details

  • DATE:  Wednesday, January 28th
  • TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa

Learn more about the Russian River Biological Opinion at www.sonomacountywater.org/rrifr.