Public Notices

    Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project - Draft EIR

    Public comment deadline: March 10, 2017 5:00 p.m.
    The Water Agency is seeking public comments on the Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for public review. The Fish Flow Project DEIR describes the Proposed Project, the purpose of the project, why it is necessary and the potential environmental impacts of the project.

    View the Fish Flow Project webpage for more information.


    Occidental County Sanitation District Sewer Wastewater Compliance Transport Project

    The Occidental County Sanitation District Sewer Wastewater Compliance Transport Project would allow Occidental’s wastewater to be transported, treated and discharged at treatment plants near Guerneville and Airport Business Park by making minor modifications to the District's wastewater treatment facility on Lu Dan Road, lift station on Bohemian Highway, and the Russian River County Sanitation District's main lift station and an adjacent parcel of land.

    All modifications are needed in the Project in order to bring the District into compliance with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board's law to protect the habitat for endangered coho salmon that live in the watershed where recycled water is discharged.

    A Draft Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS/ND), in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, was released on December 21. The deadline for public comments has been extended to 5 p.m., February 24, 2017. In addition, on January 24, the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors scheduled a public hearing to be held on February 16, at 6 p.m. at the Monte Rio Community Center.

    Comments on the IS/ND can be submitted to Jeff Church, 404 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or to

    Printed copies of the IS/ND can be found at the following locations:

    • Sonoma County Water Agency: 404 Aviation Blvd Santa Rosa, CA 95403
    • Guerneville Regional Library: 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446
    • Occidental Library:  73 Main Street, Occidental, CA 95465
    • Forestville Library:  7050 Covey Road, Forestville CA. 95436

    Draft Initial Study/Negative Declaration (PDF)

    Wastewater Compliance Transport Project - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)



    Temporary Urgency Change Petition

    Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) filed petitions on August 17, 2016 (amended September 20 and 22, 2016), to request the following changes in permit terms and conditions: (1) modification of the Russian River minimum instream flow requirements in Permits 12947A and 16596; (2) modification of the required bypass flows in Permits 12949 and 12950, consistent with the requested minimum instream flows; (3) modification of the hydrologic index used to classify water supply conditions in Permits 12947A, 12949, 12950, and 16596; and (4) extension of the deadline for full application of water in Permits 12949, 12950 and 16596 from December 1, 1999 to December 31, 2040 (2016 Petitions).

    Any interested person may file a written protest against the petitions for change or petitions for extension of time. Protests must be received by the Division of Water Rights by 4:30 p.m. on March 10, 2017.

    View more information on the Temporary Urgency Change Petition