Dry Creek Community Meeting will Provide Update on the Habitat Enhancement Project


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    For Immediate Release   January 4, 2016                                                                              

    CONTACT:  Ann DuBay, 707.524.8378 (office), 707.322.8185 (cell)  ann.dubay@scwa.ca.gov  


    Healdsburg, CA – Dry Creek residents and others can learn about the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project and plans for this summer's construction at the Annual Community Meeting on Thursday, January 14, 6-8 p.m. at the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma.

    The meeting is hosted by Sonoma County Water Agency Director James Gore (also the Fourth District County Supervisor), the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency), the Dry Creek Valley Association, and the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley. “We invite all of the neighbors around Dry Creek to join the conversation on January 14,” said Gore. “We are excited to show the community our progress with the habitat enhancement project and discuss future plans.”

    Water Agency staff will provide updates on the status of the next phase of the project, discuss how the project’s effectiveness is being monitored, and discuss the importance of landowner partnerships. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff will provide an update on the Corps’ project plans, and there will be a presentation from the National Marine Fisheries Service. All Dry Creek residents are encouraged to attend the meeting, ask questions, and provide feedback.

    The first mile of the project, known as the Demonstration Project, was completed in 2014. Some elements of the project include bank stabilization to reduce erosion, anchored boulders to create small rapids, anchored log jams, and slow-flowing side channels and backwaters to provide refuge for young fish to escape high summer and winter flows. Habitat enhancement features are designed to minimize the effect on existing vineyard operations. Dry Creek is home to endangered coho salmon, and threatened chinook salmon and steelhead trout.

    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, repair and monitor the enhancement features.

    “The Habitat Enhancement Project is beneficial to the environment and is critical to improving the habitat for the threatened and endangered fish in Dry Creek,” said Gore. “We have already seen such great improvement, and continued success is dependent on the support of the community.”

    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


    Meeting Details:

    Date:               Thursday, January 14

    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.




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