Petition by Sonoma County Water Agency Requesting Approval of a Temporary Urgency Change Petition in Water Right Permits 12947A, 12949, 12950, and 16596

Summary

SCH Number
2011068015
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
Petition by Sonoma County Water Agency Requesting Approval of a Temporary Urgency Change Petition in Water Right Permits 12947A, 12949, 12950, and 16596
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The Sonoma County Water Agency filed a Temporary Urgency Change petition with the State Water Resouces Control Board, Division of Water Rights on April 18, 2011. The petition requests the following temporary modifications to the Russian River instream flow requirements as required by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Russian River biological Opinion for the improvement of listed juvenile salmonid habitat: (1) From May 1 through October 15, 2011, instream flow requirements for the upper Russian River be reduced from 185 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 125 cfs, and (2) From May 1 through October 15, 2011, instream flow requirements for the lower Russian River be reduced from 125 cfs to 70 cfs, with the understanding that the SCWA will typically maintain approximately 85 cfs at the Hacienda gage as practicably feasible.

Contact Information
Jessica Martini Lamb
State Water Resources Control Board
P.O. Box 2000
Sacramento, CA 95812

707 347-1903

Location

Counties
Sonoma Mendocino

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 06, 07, & 08
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1 - operation of existing facilities involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing. Class 6 - data collected during the period that the proposed action is in effect will assist with the study and development of future long-term changes. Class 7 - Assure the maintenance of a natural resource. Class 8 - assure the maintenance of the environment.
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