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

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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.

Emergency Regulation Development: 2016

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

March 1, 2016 Board Meeting Materials

Emergency Regulation Development: 2015

Supporting Materials

State Water Board Contact Information