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Russian River Water Update 5/28/24

Russian River at Riverside Park May 6, 2024 by CJ Watt
Russian River at Riverside Park May 6, 2024 by CJ Watt


Reservoir Storage & Operations:

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

A table showing current storage, target/storage curves, percentages, and 7-day changes for Lakes Mendocino, Pillsbury, and Sonoma.
A graph titled "Lake Sonoma Storage" showing water storage data in acre-feet over several years.
Graph: Lake Mendocino Storage levels during various years, showing water supply and flood control pools.
A graph showing Lake Pillsbury's water storage levels for various years compared to target storage levels.


NCRP Request for Proposals: Environmental Compliance Consultant Services

The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) is pleased to offer a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify qualified consultants to assist the NCRP with environmental compliance for the NCRP CAL FIRE Forest Health Pilot grant, working in close collaboration with the NCRP staff team and Humboldt County, as NCRP’s Regional Administrator and the lead agency. Due Date: JUNE 30, 2024


California Natural Resources Agency Hosts Virtual Discussion on History of Asian American Pacific Islanders and Impact on California

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month by participating in “Preserving Heritage: Unveiling the Narrative of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California.” This event highlights the invaluable efforts of the California State Parks Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) in uncovering, preserving, and celebrating the rich and diverse stories of AAPI communities across the state.

What: Secretary Speaker Series - Preserving Heritage: Unveiling the Narrative of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California

When: Wednesday, May 29 from noon to 1pm.

How to participate: Register to join here.


State Water Board Virtual Staff Workshop Temporary Permitting Process Overview

Please be advised that the Division of Water Rights will be hosting a virtual staff workshop on June 26, 2024 from 10:00 to 11:30 am. The purpose of the workshop is to provide prospective applicants with an overview of the temporary permitting process for groundwater recharge projects and to provide tips for successful filing.

Topics expected for inclusion:

  • Overview of the temporary permit process, including how to file for temporary permit and tips for successful submittal
  • Overview of common permit terms
  • Diversion trigger selection, including overview of streamlined pathway

More information here.


Climate Resilience Through Regeneration - Restoring Rivers, Sustaining Communities

On Wednesday, June 5 at 11:00 AM  Climate Resilience Through Regeneration - Restoring Rivers, Sustaining Communities with Sandra Jacobsen, an ecosystem restoration expert at CalTrout will discuss restoration projects across the state and explore how focusing on ecosystem health is key to a climate-resilient California.  register here


Mendocino LAFCo: Applications for the Alternate Public Member Due July 1, 2024

The Mendocino Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) invites interested persons to apply for the position of the Alternate Public Member on the Commission to complete a four-year term ending December 31, 2027. Mendocino LAFCo meets regularly at 9:00 a.m. on the first Monday of every month in the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Chambers, with special meetings held as needed. Public members represent all Mendocino County citizens in an objective and impartial manner. Interested individuals must be residents of Mendocino County, be able to regularly attend LAFCo meetings, and may not be current public officers, either elected or appointed, or employees of the county, any city or special district in the county. The public member is a public official and is required to file a standard financial disclosure statement annually with the California Fair Practices Commission. Candidates for the position must submit a letter of interest, an application and resume detailing applicable experience and service. A link to the Application forms is available below:

Download Alternate Public Member Application


Atmospheric River Studies in our Back Yard!

The very first scientific study based on climate change research at Lake Leonard in Mendocino County has been published. Several important news outlets are covering the story, which will provide planners with new information about atmospheric rivers of the past. See links below. A Mendocino Refuge powerpoint presentation is being held at the Grace Hudson Museum on Saturday June 15 at 2 p.m.


Beaver Chronicles

A beaver swimming in water with branches overhead.
Pic from LA Times article linked below

 LA Times: LA Times Today: Yes, beavers can help stop wildfires. And more places in California are embracing them, 5/16/24


 In the press:


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