SCWA and the Russian River Flow

SCWA wants to reopen the State Water Resource Control Board’s Decision 1610, which controls minimum flow requirements in the Russian River.

The Russian River is already declared to be ‘over-appropriated’ by the State Water Resources Control Board: too many legal and illegal pumps in the upper and middle reaches, removing more water from the river than it can support under current demands without Eel River subsidies transferred through the Potter Valley Project.

SCWA is still proceeding to support growth in its Urban Water Management Plan, Water Supply Transmission and Reliability Project EIR, and Sonoma County General Plan with demands to increase its water rights by 26,000af/y over their current permit.

David Keller