Petition by Sonoma County Water Agency Requesting Approval of a Temporary Urgency Change in Water Right Permits in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties

Summary

SCH Number
2004088092
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
Petition by Sonoma County Water Agency Requesting Approval of a Temporary Urgency Change in Water Right Permits in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
8/6/2004

Document Description
On June 29, 2004, Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) filed a petition with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) requesting approval of a Temporary Urgency Change to the subject permits pursuant to California Water Code section 1435. The petition requests that from July 1 through December 31, 2004, minimum flows for Dry Creek and the Russian River be established based on dry-year criteria rather than normal-year criteria as defined in SWRCB Decision 1610. SCWA states that "unusual hydrologic conditions in the Russian River this year warrant immediate State Water Board approval of this Petition to avoid the significant risks, particularly to adult Chinook salmon, that otherwise will occur from lower water levels in Lake Mendocino during the fall of 2004." SCWA's petition involves the following permits: -Permit 12947A -Permit 12949 -Permit 12950

Contact Information
Michael Floyd
State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
1001 I Street, 14th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 341-5342

Location

Counties
Sonoma

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
sec 15307, 15308
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed change in Russian River instream flows from those required under "Normal" hydrologic conditions to those required under "Dry" hydrologic conditions by SWRCB Decision 1610, and the resultant decrease in minimum flows in the upper Russian River, would conserve water storage in Lake Mendocino to benefit adult Chinook salmon migrating upstream in the fall. NOAA Fisheries and DFG have provided written recommendations in support of the proposed temporary change in the instream flow requirements.

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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