Sonoma Resource Conservation District

Dry Creek

Dry Creek Watershed

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Watershed Overview

Current & Past RCD Programs:

Planning

  • The RCD has worked with many agricultural producers in Dry Creek watershed to enhance their farming operations and protect soil and water resources. Projects include the development of Farm Conservation Plans, enhancement of riparian areas, erosion control, vineyard irrigation evaluations, and hedgerow plantings.

Water Resources Management

  • As one of our district’s major winegrowing areas, and as an area where water conservation has been deemed a high priority, Dry Creek is one of the focal areas of our Vineyard Mobile Water lab. This service is currently available on a fee for service basis.
  • The RCD is one of 6 partners in the Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership (Partnership), a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Coho Keystone Initiative. The Partnership was formed in 2009 to develop a systematic approach to improve streamflow and water supply reliability in Mill and Grape Creek and three other sub-watersheds critical to coho recovery in the Russian River watershed. The Partnership’s goals are to further the recovery of coho salmon through habitat and streamflow enhancements and improve water security for property owners. 
  • "Slow it, Spread It, Sink It, Store it!” practices are implemented with landowners throughout the watershed. These practices can help to protect and replenish groundwater resources, reduce erosion and pollution, prevent flooding and increase water conservation and stormwater management.
  • The RCD is also very involved in a statewide groundwater monitoring effort called the California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM) program. This program was created by SBx7 6 and established for the first time a statewide program to collect groundwater elevations, facilitate collaboration between local monitoring entities and the Department of Water Resources, and to report this information to the public. The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) and the County Permit Resource Management Department have assumed responsibility for collecting these data in the basins throughout Sonoma County. The RCD was hired in 2011 by the Water Agency to conduct outreach to gain landowner participation in the CASGEM program and then to collect groundwater elevation data for these various wells covering the Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and the Lower Russian River basins. Groundwater data are collected on local landowner wells twice a year in the various basins and reported back to the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Department of Water Resources.

On-the-Ground Projects

Links to Other Important Partner Programs in the Watershed
Sonoma County Water Agency Activities in Dry Creek
USGS Flow Gauge (Dry Creek Near Geyserville)
USGS Flow Gauge (Dry Creek Below Lambert Bridge)
USGS Flow Gauge (Dry Creek Near Mouth Near Healdsburg)
Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley
University of California Cooperative Extension Coho Salmon Monitoring and Broodstock Program

Links to other important organizations in the watershed

Coho Partnership Program: www.cohopartnership.org/index.html
Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley: http://wdcv.com/
University of California Cooperative Extension Coho Salmon monitoring and Broodstock program: http://ca-sgep.ucsd.edu/focus-areas/healthy-coastal-marine-ecosystems/russian-river-coho-salmon-monitoring.
Dry Creek Valley Association: /www.drycreekvalleyassociation.org
Russian River Property Owners Association: www.russianriverpoa.org
Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration: www.cemar.org
City of Healdsburg: www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us/
Western United Dairymen www.westernuniteddairymen.com/
Open Space Water Resource Protection Land Use (O.W.L. Foundation): http://owlfoundation.net
Russian Riverkeeper: www.russianriverkeeper.org
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service: www.nmfs.noaa.gov
Natural Resources Conservation Service: www.nrcs.usda.gov
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program: http://partners.fws.gov
United States Army Corps of Engineers: www.usace.army.mil
United States Department of Agriculture: www.sc.egov.usda.gov
United States Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov
United States Fish & Wildlife Service: www.fws.gov
California Coastal Conservancy: www.coastalconservancy.ca.gov
California Department of Fish and Wildlife: www.dfg.ca.gov
California Regional Water Quality Control Boards, North Coast Region: www.swrcb.ca.gov/rwqcb
California State Water Resources Control Board: www.swrcb.ca.gov
University of California Cooperative Extension: http://cesonoma.ucdavis.edu/
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District: www.sonomaopenspace.org
Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works: www.sonomacountypublicworks.com
Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department: www.sonoma-county.org/prmd
Sonoma County Public Health Division: www.sonoma-county.org/health/ph
Sonoma County Regional Parks Department: www.sonoma-county.org/parks
Sonoma County Water Agency: www.scwa.ca.gov
Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner: www.sonoma-county.org/agcomm
Sonoma County Farm Bureau: www.sonomacountyfarmbureau.com
Sonoma County Farm Trails: www.farmtrails.org
Sonoma County Winegrape Commission: www.sonomagrapevine.org
Sonoma Land Trust: www.sonomalandtrust.org
California Waterfowl Association: www.calwaterfowl.org
Community Alliance of Family Farmers: www.caff.org
Ducks Unlimited: www.ducks.org
Trout Unlimited: www.tu.org