More Information on the 15% Reductions at Water Meeting

Just how much is each water contractor reducing their demands on the SCWA Russian River Project for water? A number of cities are already saying they’ve hit or exceeded 15% reductions from 2004 river diversions, and seem to be saying they don’t have to do more. Will this meet the State Water Resources Control Board’s order for 15% reductions in diversions from the Russian River?

Find out at the Water contractors’ [Water Advisory Committee] Technical Advisory Committee Meeting.
Monday, 9am, July 2; Laguna Treatment Plant, Santa Rosa
Agenda below.

Are cities saying that they can get what they need from groundwater wells instead of the river or demand reductions from their customers? What happens to groundwater overdrafts in this scenario? What happens to demands upstream of SCWA’s service area? Are we seeing voluntary reductions from the various Mendocino County water agencies and districts? From Ukiah? From grapegrowers and other agricultural operations?

PGE’s response to SCWA’s requests for greater coordination and information sharing regarding Eel River diversions through the Potter Valley Project are also on the table. Is there still some belief that they can get more water from the Eel River, or is there finally an acknowledgement that Eel River diversions will stay the same or be reduced? [see attached docs]

How is all the reduced Russian River diversion program affecting new growth in the contractors’ cities? Will there be a reduction in long term demands, as Petaluma is doing?

This is a public meeting: come witness, listen and ask questions of the representatives of all the contracting cities to the WAC.

David Keller
Bay Area Director
Friends of the Eel River
Petaluma, CA

Water Advisory Committee (WAC)

Monday: July 2, 2007
Laguna Treatment Plant
4300 Llano Road, Santa Rosa, CA

9:00 a.m. (Estuary / Wetlands Conference Room)

1. Check In

2. Public Comment

3. Follow up from June 4th TAC meeting

4. Recap of June 5th SWRCB Workshop and Order WR 2007-0022

a. SCWA Response to Ordered Reduced Diversions

b. Contractor Conservation/Local Supply/RW Efforts

5. Water Conservation Subcommittee

a. Sonoma/Marin Partnership Feedback

b. Funding Allocation Options

6. Biological Opinion Update

7. Update on PG&E’s PVP

8. Water Project Subcommittee

a. Temporary Impairment MOU

9. SCWA Assistant GM Solicitation
10. WAC Brochure
11. Items for next agenda
12. Check Out