Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
A Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) forms the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself, and must include public and stakeholder involvement. LHMP’s are public documents that create a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damage to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters. Hazard mitigation is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards. The Federal Government passed the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 which encourages and rewards pre-disaster planning at all levels of local and state government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires LHMPs to issue grant funding for pre-disaster and hazard mitigation projects.
Since 2004 the Sonoma County Water Agency has initiated a natural hazard reliability improvement program, which included creating the Water Agency’s first LHMP in 2008. This LHMP was updated in 2013, and includes a priority listing of hazard mitigation projects.
The Water Agency must update its LHMP every five years to ensure it remains relevant to current events and system conditions and to meet regulations set forth by FEMA. In particular, staff will update the Water Agency’s vulnerabilities and risks, as well as the prioritized listing of hazard mitigation projects.
The 30-day public comment period for the DRAFT 2018 SCWA LHMP began on April 24, 2018. Questions and comments may be submitted until May 25, 2018.
Learn more about the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
North Bay Water Reuse Program, Phase 2
The Water Agency is a member of, and contract administrator for, the North Bay Water Reuse Authority (NBWRA). The NBWRA is a coordinated effort of three counties and 10 water and sanitation agencies, working together as one entity, to address water supply shortages from a watershed perspective. The member agencies are investing in a number of diverse recycled water projects to offset potable water demands throughout the North Bay region.
The NBWRA is proposing Phase 2 of the North Bay Water Reuse Program (Phase 2 Program). The NBWRA has prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) to assess potential environmental effects of their proposed North Bay Water Reuse Program Phase 2, or NBWRP Phase 2. The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) will act as Lead Agency under CEQA and the Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, will be the federal Lead Agency under NEPA.
Draft EIR/EIS Public Comment:
The 45-day CEQA review period begins on April 4, 2018 and extends to 5:00 pm PST on May 18, 2018. Written comments on the Draft EIR/EIS may be submitted to:
Sonoma County Water Agency
Attn: Anne Crealock
404 Aviation Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
You may also submit your comments electronically at the following website, www.nbwra.org or Phase2EIR@nbwra.org.
For more information on this project, please visit: http://www.nbwra.org/project-descriptions/phase-2/public-participation/
NBWRA Phase 2 - Notice of Preparation (PDF, 3MB)
NBWRA Phase 2 - Notice of Availability (PDF, 1MB)
NBWRA Phase 2 - Draft Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 33 MB)
Public Comments at Board of Director Meetings:
2:00 P.M. on days when the Board of Directors meet.
PUBLIC COMMENT ON MATTERS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA BUT WITHIN THE SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD AND ON BOARD MEMBER REPORTS (Comments are restricted to matters within the Board’s jurisdiction. The Board will hear public comments at this time for up to twenty minutes. Each person is usually granted time at the discretion of the Chair. Any additional public comments will be heard at the conclusion of the meeting. While members of the public are welcome to address the Board, under the Brown Act, Board members may not deliberate or take action on items not on the agenda.)
General Comments or Questions:
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