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Russian River Water Update 4/29/24

Lake Mendocino January 23,  2024 by CJ Watt
Lake Mendocino January 23, 2024 by CJ Watt


Reservoir Storage & Operations:

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

Table with storage data for Lakes Mendocino, Pillsbury, and Sonoma, including current storage, target or FIRO storage curves, percentage of curve, and 7-day change.
A graph showing Lake Mendocino storage levels for different years, with annotations for water supply and flood control pools.
A graph showing Lake Pillsbury Storage data, with various years compared to target storage curve over time.
A graph showing water storage in Lake Sonoma over several years, indicating different water years and flood control levels.


Russian River in Ukiah Valley, November 19, 2023 by CJ Watt
Russian River in Ukiah Valley, November 19, 2023 by CJ Watt

Sonoma Water Agency has filed petitions for temporary urgency changes for water right Permits on the Russian River

To view the Notice and project information, please visit the Division of Water Rights website at:

Maven's Notebook article on TUCP Filing on the Russian River


Free, virtual meet-up with special guests from CWEA, Heal the Bay, and LA Trade Tech

An ad for California Water Jobs featuring a worker overlooking water treatment pools, with a message about clear job opportunities.

 To celebrate Earth Month, CWEA is hosting a series of virtual career info sessions. Visit for career paths, salary info, training, and hundreds of openings. Promo flyer.

May 1 • 11:00 a.m. – Noon:  Water Jobs and Certs with CWEA, Heal the Bay, and LA Trade Tech

May 16 • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m: Water Jobs and Certs with Women in Water

May 22 • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m: Water Jobs and Certs with Crescenta Valley WD, City of Pomona and Valley College


Sustainable Conservation's spring webinar series 

The Sustainable Conservation will kicked off its spring 2024 webinar series, "Climate Resilience Through Regeneration." The first installment featured a panel discussion on the benefits of groundwater recharge and discussion on boosting economic recovery and protecting community drinking water– Recharge for Farms, Nature, and People. Recording link. Past webinars recordings:  website


DWR relaunches Water Management Boundary Tool

DWR’s Water Management Planning Tool has been relaunched as the Water Management Boundary Tool. It is an interactive map that allows users to overlay geographic information system (GIS) layers onto a California map and illustrate entities involved in water management in a given area. The tool can assist local agencies with their responsibilities related to the California Water Plan, integrated regional water management, and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.


Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: June 18-20, 2024

Announcing an exciting opportunity on the horizon this summer to engage directly with groundwater experts from California and across the world. The 3ʳᵈ International Groundwater Conference Linking Science & Policy returns to San Francisco for the first time since 2016 and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear about the latest scientific, management, legal and policy advances for sustaining our groundwater resources in agricultural regions around the world. Learn how you can attend, sponsor or exhibit at this  event.


Multi-benefit Land Repurposing Program

The Multi-benefit Land Repurposing Program was launched in August 2022 with the objective of finding shared solutions for landscapes facing an uncertain groundwater future. Since then, the program has seen significant progress toward program and block grantee goals. Maven’s Notebook recently hosted Office Hours with Ann Hayden and Sonia Sanchez from the state support entity for the program, who shared about the program and how the lessons they have learned can be applied in other basins. The recording is posted here:


Ukiah Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (UVB GSA) logo

The Board met last week to consider the draft Rate & Fee Study Report. For more information, see the Meeting agenda materials and the YouTube meeting recording.

NOTE: The Ukiah Valley Basin GSA Board meeting in May has been cancelled. The next Board Meeting will be on June 13, 2024 at 1:30 P.M. The UVBGSA website has been updated with this information and questions can be directed to


California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC)

Free virtual funding fairs are being held on May 23 and 29, 2024 (see flyer.) The funding fairs provide the opportunity to learn more about available grant, loan, and bond financing options for infrastructure projects from federal, state, and local agencies. Representatives from water industry professionals, public works, local governments, and California Native American Tribes should attend. This includes city managers and planners, economic development and engineering professionals, officials from privately owned facilities, water and irrigation district managers, financial advisors, and project consultants. For more information about CFCC, please visit the website at  and review the flyer for the funding fair.



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