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State Water Board Drought Year Water Actions - Russian River

State Water Board Drought Year Water Actions - Russian River

DROUGHT-RELATED EMERGENCY REGULATION REQUIRING ENHANCED WATER CONSERVATION AND ADDITIONAL WATER USER INFORMATION FOR THE PROTECTION OF SPECIFIC FISHERIES IN TRIBUTARIES TO THE RUSSIAN RIVER


On June 17, 2015, the State Water Board adopted an emergency regulation to help protect federal-and state-listed anadromous fish in four priority Russian River tributary watersheds (Dutch Bill Creek, Green Valley Creek, portions of Mark West Creek, and Mill Creek). On March 1, 2016, the State Water Board adopted a Resolution to Update and Readopt a Drought-Related Emergency Regulation Requiring Additional Water User Information for the Protection of Specific Fisheries in Tributaries to the Russian River. The updated emergency regulation became effective on March 30, 2016, upon adoption by the Office of Administrative Law. The 2016 Russian River Tributaries Emergency Regulation renews the State Water Board's authority to continue collecting information from landowners and waters suppliers in the four watershed, including follow up with and enforcement of those who have not complied with the Informational Order. The 2016 Russian River Tributaries Emergency Regulation does not include the enhanced water conservation measures at this time, because of the improved rainfall so far this year. Collection of a more complete and accurate data set in the four watersheds will help to better inform future actions in the short term, if the drought continues, as well as in the long term as part of the California Water Action Plan instream flow effort.

GREEN VALLEY CREEK
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Green Valley Creek June 2014

Pool with minimal hydrologic connection

Green Valley Creek September 2014

Disconnected pool with poor water quality conditions

New Actions (2016)

UPDATE: Russian River Tributaries Emergency Regulation Approved by Office of Administrative Law (OAL): OAL Notice of Approval of Emergency Regulation, Form 400, and text of Emergency Regulation (OAL file number 2016-0321-03EE) – March 30, 2016

  • The 2016 Russian River Tributaries Emergency Regulation will expire on December 28, 2016

Submittal to the Office of Administrative Law - March 21, 2016

Fact Sheets, & Questions and Answers

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Russian River Tributary Watershed Lookup Tool and Maps

State Water Board Maps and Lookup Tool - The lookup tool allows you to find the coordinates for your groundwater well and determine whether your property falls within the boundaries of the four wtersheds covered by the emergency regulation. Note that parcels on the boundary of a watershed should contact State Water Board staff directly to confirm whether or not their property is subject to the emergency regulation

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Map

Related Links and Studies

State Water Board Contact Information & Email Subscription

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