SCWA Press Release: “Low Flow” Draft EIR comment period extended, and adds two public hearing dates!!

(Santa Rosa, CA) – Today, the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors (Board) extended to 180 days the public review and comment period for the Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). The Board also added two hearing dates on the Fish Flow Project, on November 16 in Cloverdale and November 17 in Guerneville (details below).

“I heard from people and agencies throughout the county about the need to extend the time period.

This is a complicated project and environmental document. Tripling the time available to read the draft EIR will help people understand the project and inform their comments,” said Water Agency Chairman Efren Carrillo.

“The Russian River is 110-miles long, and we need to make sure that people have an opportunity to comment without having to spend a full day driving to and from a meeting,” said Water Agency Director James Gore. “Holding hearings in Cloverdale and Guerneville will make it easier for people living near the headwaters or near the ocean to participate.”

The Fish Flow project would lower minimum flows in the Russian River to benefit threatened and endangered juvenile fish, change the hydrologic index to better reflect watershed conditions and secure the existing rights to 75,000 acre feet of water used to provide drinking water to 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. The document describes the proposed Fish Flow Project, the purpose of the project, why it is necessary and the potential environmental impacts of the project.

Public Hearings and Comments

The DEIR is available by going to www.sonomacountywater.org/fish-flow, at Sonoma and Mendocino County libraries and by purchase (flash drive or hard copy) at the Sonoma County Water Agency offices. Two public workshops were held in August, a public hearing was held on September 13, and two additional public hearings will be held on:

November 16, 6 p.m. Cloverdale Veterans Hall

205 West 1st Street

November 17, 6 p.m. Guerneville Veterans Memorial Building

16255 First & Church Streets

The 180-day public review period began on August 19. All written comments are due by 5 p.m., February 14, 2017 and can be sent to fishflow-eir@scwa.ca.gov or to Sonoma County Water Agency, Attn: Fish Flow DEIR., 404 Aviation Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

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