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Russian River Update, 7/24/23

Scott Dam, from KZYX article July 18, 2023
Scott Dam, from KZYX article July 18, 2023

KZYX: Public comments periods open for two changes at PG&E's Potter Valley Project, 7/18/23

“Agencies and members of the public have until August fourth to comment on PG&E’s request to reduce flows into the East Fork of the Russian River from 75 cubic feet per second to 25, with flexibility to reduce the flows to 5 if water temperatures below Scott Dam exceed 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 16 degrees Celsius. This is a mitigation measure to protect salmon, which require cold water. PG&E says its request includes provisions for water temperature monitoring, which the National Marine Fisheries Service as well as the Round Valley Indian Tribes have requested.

Five cfs is what the Russian River has gotten in severe drought years. But PG&E is reducing the storage capacity of Lake Pillsbury, in response to a recent revelation that Scott Dam is more susceptible to seismic risk than was previously known. To that end, the spillway gates on top of the dam remain open, though typically they would have been closed in April. Water is only being released through the needle valve at the bottom of the dam.”


Reservoir Storage & Operations:

Water supply information provided by Sonoma Water (more info here).

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Lake Mendocino 2023 Storage Projections






Russian River Water Forum Updates


The next Planning Group Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 3, in Ukiah and via Zoom from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please register here. Note: the form will register you for all 2023 Planning Group Meetings. Please remember to add the meetings to your calendar after registering.
The Water Rights & Water Management Working Group Meeting #1 is being held Tuesday, July 25, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (Register here) with an open session for the public, followed by a closed session.


Nature Based Solutions: Are You a Beaver Believer?

CA Natural Resources Agency Secretary Speaker Series

Recording of the 7/12/23 event: Beavers are nature’s engineers and their contributions are more important than ever as we face growing water challenges driven by climate change. State agencies are now taking a new approach to managing this important species, a fundamental change long championed by scientists and grassroots groups. Join us for a candid discussion of where things stand with beavers in California and an inspiring glimpse of what’s possible when we reconnect beavers to our landscapes. This is the first discussion of our Keystone Comeback Series, where we unpack efforts to recover native animals that help define their ecosystems and restore nature.

Read this additional article from CBS Bay Area: California beaver restoration program launched to revitalize state's ecosystems, watersheds, 7/13/23.

Beaver on sticks from Canadian Geographic article on Beaver animal facts.

 Photo from: Canadian Geographic article- Animal Facts: Beaver


Community Volunteer Stewarding Natural Resources

Every year, fires are accidently started along roads due to chain dragging. An Upper Russian River resident took it upon himself to not only conduct outreach and engagement of other community members, but took action to prevent these accidental and oftentimes devastating fires. ‘Gizmo,’ as he is known locally, coordinated with local fire departments to acquire old firehoses destined for landfills and turn them into chain safety covers. Read more in the following attachment, including how to get a chain cover for yourself!

TrailerChain Project.pdf
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In the press:

Image of Lake Mendocino From Ukiah Daily Journal, July 19, 2023
From Ukiah Daily Journal, July 19, 2023


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