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Russian River Sanitation District seeks Public Input

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Russian River Sanitation District seeks Public Input

The Russian River County Sanitation District (RRCSD) is preparing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to increase the reliability of its infrastructure during natural disasters. RRCSD has scheduled a 30-day public review period beginning on June 22, 2016 to gather input on the draft plan and members of the public are encouraged to submit comments during this review period. Copies of the LHMP can be viewed online beginning June 22, 2016 at: www.sonomacountywater.org/rrlhmp.  

A public meeting before the RRCSD Board of Directors is scheduled for September 13, 2016, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 575 Administration Drive, Room 102A, Santa Rosa, CA. The RRCSD is operated by the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency).

“The occurrence of natural disasters such as flooding, landslides, fires, and earthquakes—all relatively common in Sonoma County—can result in enormous costs to communities. Protecting human and environmental health is our highest priority as we identify potential hazards in our wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure,” said Water Agency and RRCSD Director Efren Carrillo. “The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan for the Russian River County Sanitation District will form the foundation for a long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses.”

The RRCSD initially conducted a Natural Hazard Reliability Assessment (NHRA) to identify potential damage to existing infrastructure from local hazards including earthquakes, wildfires, landslides and floods. The second phase of the project was to develop a LHMP that incorporates strategies to minimize damage from those disasters. Mitigation measures in the LHMP focus on increasing the reliability of sanitation facilities in order to protect public health, property, and natural resources. The LHMP is intended to provide a framework for decision-makers to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters through the use of risk-based analysis. The RRCSD is also developing the LHMP in order to qualify for federal disaster grant assistance.

The Russian River County Sanitation District began operations in 1983 and serves 3,161 Equivalent Single-Family Dwellings within a 2,700-acre service area. The treatment plant has a design capacity of 710,000 gallons per day and treats wastewater to tertiary treatment levels and provides tertiary treated water for irrigation.

Comments on the LHMP should be submitted by email to jake.spaulding@scwa.ca.gov or mailed to Jake Spaulding, c/o Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Copies of the LHMP will be available for viewing at the Sonoma County Water Agency office at 404 Aviation Blvd. and at the Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville, CA 95446

For questions about the LHMP, contact Jake Spaulding at 707-524-8373 or jake.spaulding@scwa.ca.gov