The Upper Russian River Voluntary Water Sharing Program is a locally driven approach for addressing water shortages. The first of its kind, the Program protects supplies and enables individuals enrolled in the program who still have water under their water rights to share with other participants who do not, effectively serving as an alternative to curtailments, which are a blanket restriction on water diversions for those with younger rights when there is insufficient water supply.
Enrollment in the 2022 Program has ended, however the Program is designed to be adaptive for future years. Find out more through the links on this page.
From the State Water Resources Control Board message on 11/4/22:
Eexceptions to curtailment under the Russian River Voluntary Water Sharing Agreement Program (Program) remain suspended for November.