Comment on SCWA’s Public Meetings on Water Rationing

Prologue to SCWA’s public meeting schedule notice for talking about the next Urgency Change Petitions to SWRCB and flow reductions:

If SCWA doesn’t have enough water for our salmon and steelhead, why do they keep building?

If they don’t have enough water, when will they institute mandatory reductions and efficiencies for the water they do have?

If they don’t have enough water, why do they keep taking water from the Eel River instead of fixing the mismanagement and overdrafting of the Russian River watershed?

Why are existing ratepayers being forced to subsidize the costs of expanding a water supply system to support the beneficiaries of new growth?

When will SCWA shift their course to one that is truly sustainable for at least the next 150 years?


We need to talk… about water. The Sonoma County Water Agency is hosting three meetings to inform the public about Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma water storage projections, potential mandatory water conservation, and the related impacts on residents, businesses, cities, water agencies, and agricultural communities in Mendocino and Sonoma counties. The Agency will also discuss plans to seek an Urgency Change Petition from the State Water Resources Control Board for reduced Russian River flows.

Upcoming public meetings:
Monday, March 16, 2009 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ukiah City Hall
300 Seminary Avenue
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Healdsburg City Hall
401 Grove Street
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Guerneville Veterans Memorial Hall
First and Church streets

For more information contact Brad Sherwood, public information officer, at (707) 547-1927 or sherwood@ You may also visit to learn more about current and projected water storage in our reservoir

One thought on “Comment on SCWA’s Public Meetings on Water Rationing

  1. I have been watching the SCWA and our local government talk about water. Today the local paper announced that water rates will go up substantially, and voluntary water rationing is recommended.

    We have been water rationing for 30 years.
    How many new houses have popped up in the last 30 years?

    The water officials and local government look at the current residents as the problem. So much that they are willing to fine those using too much water.

    Who will fine those city officials that allow thousands of new homes to be built in our future? (That’s why they want us to conserve.)

    We, as citizens, need to stay on top of the water dealings in our county and pay attention. We are paying for the water so we need to be aware of where it goes.

    I don’t want to pay more for water and conserve for future development. We seem to be at capacity level now and heading towards un-sustainability with urban sprawl.

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