Sonoma County Water Agency 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) utilizes 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 finalizing 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 review the Water Agency’s vulnerabilities and risks, as well as the prioritized listing of hazard mitigation projects. The Sonoma County Water Agency is working with its stakeholders to prepare the mandatory 5-year update of the 2013 LHMP.

    If you are interested in following the LHMP preparation, approval, and adoption process or providing input, you may do so through this webpage. All LHMP drafts for public review, staff reports, public hearing notices, hazard maps, etc, will be posted for public review on this page.


    Contact Us

    Submit questions or comments by sending an email to



    As LHMP drafts, notices, and staff reports become available, they will be posted here.


    Upcoming Meetings and Updates

    • Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 1:30 pm
      • Sonoma County Operational Area LHMP Task Force


    Past Meetings

    • Monday, March 6, 2017 – 9:00 am
      • Technical Advisory Meeting


    Related Resources

    FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning

    CalOES Local Hazard Mitigation Program


    Document Accessibility Notice

    Some of these documents are saved in Portable Document Format (PDF). We recommend you download Adobe® Reader®, a free software that allows you view and print PDF files.

    For accessibility assistance with these documents, please contact the Sonoma County Water Agency at (707) 547-1900.