Sonoma Resource Conservation District

Dry Creek

Dry Creek Watershed

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Watershed Overview

Current & Past RCD Programs:


  • 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:
Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley:
University of California Cooperative Extension Coho Salmon monitoring and Broodstock program:
Dry Creek Valley Association: /
Russian River Property Owners Association:
Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration:
City of Healdsburg:
Western United Dairymen
Open Space Water Resource Protection Land Use (O.W.L. Foundation):
Russian Riverkeeper:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service:
Natural Resources Conservation Service:
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program:
United States Army Corps of Engineers:
United States Department of Agriculture:
United States Environmental Protection Agency:
United States Fish & Wildlife Service:
California Coastal Conservancy:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife:
California Regional Water Quality Control Boards, North Coast Region:
California State Water Resources Control Board:
University of California Cooperative Extension:
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District:
Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works:
Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department:
Sonoma County Public Health Division:
Sonoma County Regional Parks Department:
Sonoma County Water Agency:
Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner:
Sonoma County Farm Bureau:
Sonoma County Farm Trails:
Sonoma County Winegrape Commission:
Sonoma Land Trust:
California Waterfowl Association:
Community Alliance of Family Farmers:
Ducks Unlimited:
Trout Unlimited: