Russian River Biological Opinion - Public Outreach
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Please see below for how you can learn more about, or provide feedback on, the Russian River Biological Opinion planning and implementation process.
Public Policy Facilitating Committee Meeting
The Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) meets annually to serve as a forum on implementation of the biological opinion. The PPFC provides an opportunity for involved agencies and the public to learn whether milestones have been reached and what challenges lay ahead. Created in 1998, the original purpose of the PPFC was to provide a forum for disseminating information about the Section 7 consultation (which ultimately led to the issuance of the Russian River Biological Opinion).
2016 PPFC Meeting
The PPFC met on Thursday, March 3 at the Westside Water Education Center for a short progress report, a field trip to the new Mirabel Fish Passage Improvement Project and a visit to a Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement site. See this presentation for an overview of the meeting.
The meeting was followed by the signing of NOAA Fisheries first Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA). The Dry Creek SHA is a voluntary agreement with landowners who are participating in the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project. The SHA provides these landowners with additional protections under the Endangered Species Act. Dry Creek Vineyard was the first landowner to sign-up for the SHA, and the signing ceremony took place in DCVs barrel room.
- Meeting Presentation - 3/3/16
- A Landowner’s guide to Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement “Safe Harbor” Agreement
PPFC Meeting Archives
Biological Opinion Monthly updates
Biological Opinion Annual Reports
The Water Agency is required to annually report all the activities, studies and monitoring mandated by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in the Russian River Biological Opinion. Some of these activities take place every year, like water quality monitoring in the estuary and counting and measuring young steelhead and coho salmon at various points in the Russian River and Dry Creek. Others are one-time activities, like the Dry Creek Current Conditions Inventory.
The Water Agency has elected to coalesce the reports from each year's activities into an Annual Report. The annual report is written for technical purposes for NMFS and summarizes all the activities in detail.
The Annual Reports can be downloaded below:
- 2014-2015 Biological Opinion Annual Report (PDF, 14MB)
- 2013-2014 Biological Opinion Annual Report
- 2012-2013 Biological Opinion Annual Report
- 2011-2012 Biological Opinion Annual Report
- 2010-2011 Biological Opinion Annual Report
- 2009-2010 Biological Opinion Annual Report
Public Meetings – Agendas and Staff Presentations
Download .pdfs of the Biological Opinion public meeting Agendas and Powerpoint Presentations:
Estuary Public Meeting, 4/20/16 - The eighth annual Russian River Estuary Lagoon Management Community Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 20 at the Monte Rio Community Center. The meeting included a discussion of this summer’s Lagoon Management plans, results from last summer’s water quality monitoring, and provided an overview of an evaluation of the historic jetty at Goat Rock Beach State Park.
- Estuary Community Meeting, 6/11/15