Article – FPA Letter

To: Sonoma County Water Agency
FPA against Lo-Flow without other mandatory conservation measures.

Forestville Planning Association
P.O. Box 184
Forestville, California 95436

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

General Manager/Chief Engineer
Sonoma County Water Agency
P.O. Box 11628
Santa Rosa, CA 95406

Dear Sonoma County Water Agency,

The Forestville Planning Association is a 501c3 non-profit corporation which acts as an advocate and voice for the citizens of Forestville. I am writing to inform you of the FPA Board’s unanimous opposition to lowering the flow of the Russian River while no mandatory conservation measures are required of users of SCWA’s water.

In fact, we feel you have put the cart before the horse. In terms of County-wide water needs, conservation of water should be your first priority particularly in urban and semi-rural areas. If in your determination we are near an emergency situation in terms of water availability in the County, any mandatory cutbacks need to start with human water use before restricting the flow of the Russian River. If again, as you report, we are nearing an emergency situation, asking only for voluntary cutbacks seems unreasonable, if not absurd.


Richard Naegle, President