Annual Dry Creek Community Meeting Will Provide Update On The Habitat Enhancement Project
For Immediate Release - February 1, 2017
CONTACT: Ann DuBay, 707.524.8378 (office), 707.322.8185 (cell), Ann.DuBay@scwa.ca.gov.
Healdsburg, CA – Dry Creek residents and all those interested in the progress of the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project are invited to attend the annual Dry Creek Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 6-8 p.m. at the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma.
The annual gathering provides an update on the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project, which is a joint effort by the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and many private property owners in the Dry Creek Valley. When completed, the project will enhance six miles of the creek to improve conditions for endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead in the Russian River watershed.
The meeting is hosted by Sonoma County Water Agency Director James Gore (also the Fourth District County Supervisor), the Water Agency, USACE, the Dry Creek Valley Association, and the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley.
“Habitat enhancement on Dry Creek is a key component of the effort to save the threatened and endangered fish in our watershed,” said Gore. “We are making real progress in meeting the goals of the Russian River Biological Opinion, and the community’s feedback and involvement is important in this effort.”
The annual meeting will include an update on the status of the project and a description of the construction schedule for 2017. This will be followed by a question-and-answer session with audience members posing questions to a panel of speakers from the Water Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, and California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
The Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project is creating habitat features to improve conditions for endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead. Those features are designed to slow the cold, but fast-moving, water that flows out of Lake Sonoma. While salmon and steelhead prefer cold water, young fish don’t thrive when the water moves too quickly. Last summer, more than half a mile of features were constructed, including side channels, alcoves, and riffles. Habitat enhancement features are designed in consultation with property owners to minimize the effect on existing vineyard operations.
Since property along nearly all of the 14-miles of Dry Creek is privately owned, the Habitat Enhancement Project is dependent on partnerships with landowners. Access to the creek will be necessary for several years to maintain, and monitor the enhancement features. “The success of this … is completely dependent upon the partnership with Dry Creek landowners and stewards,” said Gore.
Dry Creek carries water from Lake Sonoma to the Russian River and is a critical component of the Water Agency’s water transmission system that serves more than 600,000 residents in Sonoma and portions of Marin counties. To learn more about the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project, visit www.sonomacountywater.org/drycreek
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma
3333 Skaggs Springs Rd, Geyserville, CA 95441
The Sonoma County Water Agency is working to secure our future by investing in our water resources, community and environment. The Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at www.sonomacountywater.org.