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RUSSIAN RIVER TRIBUTARIES EMERGENCY REGULATION - MAPS AND MAPPING TOOL

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). The Office of Administrative Law approved the emergency regulation and the emergency regulation went into effect on July 6, 2015. The emergency regulation is in effect for 270 days. The emergency regulation requires: (1) enhanced water conservation in critical areas of the four watersheds; and (2) information on water use if requested by the State Water Board. Dutch Bill Creek; Green Valley Creek; Mill Creek; and portions of Mark West Creek. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries Service have identified critical habitat for state- and federally-listed Central California Coast coho salmon (CCC coho salmon) and Central California Coast steelhead (CCC steelhead) in these four tributary watersheds. The ongoing drought places CCC coho salmon and CCC steelhead in Russian River tributaries in a perilous situation, challenging the fishes ability to survive a fourth year of the worst drought in recorded California history. Swift action is necessary to protect their limited habitat and avoid extinction given the continuing dry conditions. The address lookup tool and maps are provided below to help landowners determine if their properties or water diversions are located in one of the four watersheds: Dutch Bill Creek, Green Valley Creek, Mill Creek, and portions of Mark West Creek.


Russian River Tributary Watershed Lookup Tool

To determine the responsibility of landowners and water users under the proposed Russian River Tributaries Emergency Regulation, click on the map or enter a street address, city and zip code:
(Example: "100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA")

INSTRUCTIONS FOR DETERMINING COORDINATES FOR SURFACE WATER OR GROUNDWATER DIVERSIONS:

  1. Enter the property address in the search bar and click the “Go!” button (or navigate to the property using the zoom and scroll features).
  2. Zoom in to the closest level using the “+” button (the scale at the lower left of the map will show “20m” and “60ft”) and locate the surface water or groundwater diversion of interest (e.g., well, well house, dam, etc.).
  3. Click directly on the surface water or groundwater diversion of interest and the coordinates will appear in the popup box. These values (coordinates) may be copied and pasted into the Online Informational Order Form. If you are having problems copying and pasting these values into the Informational Order Form, make sure you have not copied any spaces before or after the values. If you continue to experience problems, type in the values rather than pasting them

This map-based tool can be used to determine the responsibilities landowners and water users have under the Russian River Tributaries Emergency Regulation. The watershed boundaries are based on the United States Geologic Survey Watershed Boundary Dataset. The “critical areas” are based on the recommendations of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and identify select areas within these watersheds that support summer rearing habitat that is crucial to the survival of CCC coho salmon and CCC steelhead. Properties that are located along the margins of the watersheds are included in the Informational Order portion of the emergency regulation if any portion of the property is located within the watershed. Properties that are located along the margins of the watersheds are included in the Enhanced Conservation portion of the emergency regulation if the water source is located within the critical area of the priority tributary watershed. It is recommended that rural property owners with a property located along the margins of a priority tributary watershed locate their specific properties and/or diversion(s) or water source(s) rather than use a street address to determine their responsibilities under the emergency regulation.

You may zoom in and out on the map using one of following methods:

  • Click on the plus (+) or minus (-) buttons.
  • Drag a box on the map while holding down the Shift key.
  • Enter an address into the box below and click "Go!"

Geospatial Data

Download Shapefiles of the Priority Tributary Watersheds, and Critical Areas

Responsibilities Under the Emergency Regulation

Critical Area: 1) All landowners are required to respond to any informational order(s) issued by the State Water Board, AND 2) all water users are subject to enhanced water conservation measures, unless their sole supply of water comes from a water provider whose supply is from a source outside of the four priority tributary watersheds. You can contact your water provider to determine whether the water they provide exempts you from the enhanced water conservation requirements of the emergency regulation. The State Water Board's Drinking Water Supply Service Area Lookup Tool can be used to determine who the water supplier is for a certain area.

Priority Watershed Area: All landowners are required to respond to any informational order(s) issued by the State Water Board. Water users within the priority watershed area, but outside of the critical area ARE NOT INITIALLY required to implement enhanced water conservation measures, but may be subject to the requirements at a later date if the Deputy Director extends the requirements to other portions of the four watersheds after consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife or the National Marine Fisheries Service. Water users are encouraged to conserve water.

Outside Areas: Water users outside the four priority tributary watersheds are not subject to the Russian River Tributaries Emergency Regulation, but are encouraged to conserve water during the ongoing drought.
**PLEASE NOTE** - The Informational Order applies to a property if any portion of is it located within the watershed. Street addresses may not appear at the exact property location. If your property is located near one of the watershed boundaries, be sure to locate your property on the map to see if any portion of it is located within one of the watersheds. If you receive an Informational Order, some portion of your property is located within one of the four priority tributary watersheds.

The Russian River Tributaries Emergency Regulation and associated Enhanced Water Conservation Measures are in addition to other conservation measures that are required for water suppliers and individual end users. For more information, please visit the State Water Board's Water Conservation Portal.

Maps of Priority Russian River Tributary Watersheds

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