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Russian River Weekly Update, 3/11/24

DWR Groundwater Basin Prioritization, 2020
DWR Groundwater Basin Prioritization, 2020


 Reservoir Storage & Operations:

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

A table displaying reservoir storage data for Lake Mendocino, Lake Pillsbury, and Lake Sonoma, including current levels and changes.
Graph showing Lake Mendocino storage levels across different years, including water supply and flood control pools.


2024 Flows from Eel River to Russian River

In response to PG&E's flow variance filing (see below), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of comment period on February 29, 2024. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, and protests:  April 1, 2024. For more information, review the document linked on the District’s website: RRFC Updates Page


Eel River to Russian River Trans Basin Diversion Updates

The Eel Russian Project Authority  (ERPA) will meet in Ukiah (with a streaming option) on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 3 PM. Agenda expected soon. 


Lake County Record-Bee: Potter Valley Project decommissioning takes next step, 3/4/24





HOW TO ENGAGE During Groundwater Awareness Week 2024


Department of Water Resources

Join DWR during Groundwater Awareness Week, March 10-16, to celebrate the upcoming 10th Anniversary of SGMA and the progress made with local partnerships and innovative projects to put more water into the ground. More information.

Monday, 3/11: California Water Management and Progress Since the Signing of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. (Recording will be available soon.)

Tuesday 3/12 10:00 am – 11:30 am: Outreach and Engagement Training for Groundwater Sustainability Agencies. Registration Link

Wednesday 3/13 10:00 am – 11:30 am: Outreach and Engagement Training for Groundwater Sustainability Agencies. Registration Link

Thursday 3/14 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Groundwater Sustainability Plan Reporting Process and Requirements Registration Link

Friday 3/15 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Planning for the Future; Data, Tools, and Models. Registration Link

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Groundwater Accounting Platform webinar set for March 18

A lesson on using the Groundwater Accounting Platform will be provided during a webinar on Monday, March 18. The platform contains information and data that enables California water managers, landowners, and water users to track water availability in real time. There will be details on how the platform can help with tracking water usage, managing water budgets, and simulating groundwater scenarios.


Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) turns 10 years old in 2024.

Watch the State Assembly Joint Hearing of the Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on Climate Crisis, Resources, Energy and Transportation and Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee: video link and read the handout on SGMA overview by the Legislative Analyst's office.


Well Permitting Report – Observations and Analysis of the Governor’s Executive Order

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released its Groundwater Well Permitting: Observations and Analysis of Executive Orders N-7-22 and N-3-23 report.. The report summarizes different approaches taken by well permitting agencies and groundwater sustainability agencies to comply with the requirements of the Executive Orders, which included new well permitting requirements for local agencies to prepare for and lessen the effects of several years of intense drought conditions.


Groundwater Related Articles: 



Ukiah Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA)

The GSA Fee Study Public Workshop that will take place on Wednesday March 13th from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Ukiah Veterans Memorial Building. See flyer and website (link) for more information.

UVBGSA March 13th Public Workshop flyer.pdf



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