Russian River Watershed Pathogen Prohibition of Discharge of Fecal Waste Materials

VERY IMPORTANT MEETING TO ADOPT PATHOGEN TMDL. PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND EVEN IF YOU DON’T PLAN TO SPEAK.
AUGUST 14, 2019 BEGINNING SOON AFTER 8:30 AM. 5550 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, near the Sonoma County Airport.

This action will provide the basis for new septic management requirements. For instance:
Septic inspections by a qualified expert will need to take place every five years.

Cesspools will no longer be allowed, although if use is not expanded, low income people can put off changes for up to 15 years. Etc.
Most lower river septic owners will be affected by this new regulation, especially in Monte Rio and Villa Grande.
More stringent rules will apply to properties within 600’ of the Russian River or blue stream tributaries (even if only part of your property is within 600’). This may include supplementary treatment if soils are found to be inadequate at filtering pathogens.

The approved documents are subject to review by other State Agencies and nothing will be considered final all approvals are received, which is expected to be about a year from now. Timelines will kick in at that point.

Thanks for supporting the lower Russian River and RRWPC’s work.

There is information on live-streaming this meeting if you can’t attend in person in the Regional Board notice.

Brenda Adelman
Russian River Watershed Protection Committee

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