Russian River Estuary Management Project (Estuary Project)

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
Russian River Estuary Management Project (Estuary Project)
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Present Land Use
The outlet channel would be established on the barrier beach, within the coastal zone, at the mouth of the Russian River which is owned and managed by California Department of Parks and Recreation (identified as "public/quasi public" land in the Sonoma County General Plan/Zoning. Six-mile reach of the Estuary from the Pacific Ocean to Duncans Mills is primarily bordered public/quasi public land to the south and "diverse agriculture" to the north, with some residential areas in the Jenner area.
Document Description
Sonoma County Water Agency, acting as Lead Agency, is under federal and state mandates in the National Marines Fisheries Service Russian River Biological Opinion and California Department of Fish and Game 280 Consistency Determination to implement estuary management. In order to comply with the requirements of the NMFS' Russian River BO, the Agency will implement adaptive management of the Estuary with the dual objectives of enhancing rearing habitat for juvenile salmonids, particularly steelhead, and managing estuary water levels to minimize flood hazard. Rearing habitat may be enhanced by reducing tidal influence on the Russian River Estuary from May 15 and October 15 (referred to as the "lagoon management period") to increase freshwater habitat available for rearing salmon and steelhead.

Contact Information

Jessica Martini-Lamb
Agency Name
Sonoma County Water Agency
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
nearest: US Hwy 1 and River Road)
Parcel #
State Highways
SR 1, Hwy 116
Russian River
Other Location Info

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Other (outlet channel; restoration)
Local Actions
Use Permit, Coastal Permit, Other
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Public Services, Recreation, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian
Reviewing Agencies
California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), Delta Protection Commission, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Region
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Region

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 or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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