Russian River Estuary Management Project

The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) in September 2016 approved a plan to alter the mouth of the Russian River specifically to “create a more productive environment for young steelhead.”  The plan calls for SCWA to “adaptively manage a lagoon outlet channel” at the mouth of the river in Jenner to reduce tidal flows and raise the water level throughout the lower Russian River.

When implemented, this plan will inundate much of the riverfront beach areas in Patterson Point Preserve for five months, starting May 15 of each year. The Board of FoVG is advocating modifications to the plan, citing concerns of reduced recreational opportunities, degraded river water quality and negative impact on wildlife health.

In April, 2014, the FoVG Board published a Fact Sheet:

available here.  

In August 2016, a Draft Environmental Impact Report was published by SCWA for public review:

available here.

On November 11, 2016, the FoVG Board sent a letter responding to the DEIR:

FOVG Comments on Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights DEIR _11-11-16.pdf

The FoVG Riverwatch Committee has prepared a sample letter concerned citizens may want to send to SCWA during the open comment period, available here.

For background on the process and the parties involved, check these links:

Russian River Estuary Management Project - Main web page.

The Sonoma County Supervisors, also serving as the SCWA governing body.