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Russian River Water Update 5/22/23

Cape Horn Dam on the Eel River
Cape Horn Dam on Eel River, 5/1/23 by E Salomone


Reservoir Storage & Operations:

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

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Russian River Water Forum Updates

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The Russian River Water Forum Planning Group held its first meeting on Wednesday, May 17th, 2023. The slide presentation and recording will be made available on the website shortly. (


Check out these articles on the meeting:



Governor Announces Actions and Proposals to Streamline Delivery of Critical Infrastructure Projects

Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed an Executive Order and announced plans to release a package of budget trailer bills aimed at streamlining the delivery of critical projects throughout the state, including water infrastructure projects. According to a news release from the Governor’s Office, his actions aim to speed up construction, expedite court review, streamline permitting, address cumbersome California Environmental Quality Act processes and maximize federal dollars. The Association of CA Water Agencies (ACWA) launched Quench California last year, a statewide campaign to educate Californians about the importance and positive benefits of water infrastructure. Visit the website,, to learn more.

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Grant Opportunities for Agriculture

1-The Health Soils - Block Grant Pilot Program focuses on increasing conservation management practices through improving soil health, sequestering carbon, and reducing GHG emissions.

2-The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) - Block Grant Pilot Program invests in irrigation systems that save water and reduce GHG emissions through irrigation scheduling technologies, improvements to irrigation system efficiency, pump efficiency, and renewable energy.

The application period for both programs closes on June 19th at 5:00 pm. Additional information can be found in the recording of the May 3rd workshop.

Natural Resource Agency Speaker Series – Weather Whiplash

To watch a recording of the webinar, check out the Speaker Series webpage.
Californians are living through record-breaking extreme weather, from crippling drought to dangerous flooding. How is state government adjusting to these intensifying climate extremes? How can our state continue to thrive as the drier periods become drier, and the wetter periods become wetter? What investments, policies and programs are needed? What can everyday Californians do? Hear from scientific experts and state leaders in this recording as they unpack and discuss this critical topic.

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