Sonoma RCD Biennial Report 2014–2015

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The RCD’s 2014-2015 biennial report highlights our conservation efforts throughout our district over the last two years, including successes in fish and wildlife habitat improvement, farm and ranch planning, water conservation, education programs, exciting new collaborations, and much more!

Landowner Resources

Permitting for Conservation Projects

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The RCD’s simple one page guide for landowners on permits needed for a variety of conservation projects.

Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. Store it!

A Homeowner’s and Landowner’s Guide to Beneficial Stormwater Management
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This manual has been developed for educational purposes by the Sonoma RCD and the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County. The storm water runoff improvement practices included in this guide are meant to be used as general guidelines and are not to be used as professional engineered specifications.

Supplemental Rainwater Catchment Brochure
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Condensed information on rainwater catchment techniques and practices from the “Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. Store it!” Guide.

Our popular “Slow It. Spread It. Sink It.” publication has been updated and revised and is now titled: “Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. STORE IT!” (S4 Guide for short).

With a fourth year of drought, an Emergency Conservation Order in Russian River Tributaries, and California’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, tools to assist local landowners with water resource management is needed now more than ever. The RCD’s S4 Guide, offering beneficial stormwater management and water conservation strategies for urban, rural, and agricultural landowners, now includes additional information on rainwater catchment and water storage techniques and an updated Resources Guide. The S4 Guide provides straightforward best management practices that can help to protect and replenish surface water and groundwater resources, offset groundwater use, reduce erosion and pollution, while providing many other benefits.

Traditional building and landscaping practices were designed to dispose of stormwater as quickly as possible. This outdated paradigm typically results in significant damage to land, structures, and the surrounding environment. Slowing down, spreading and sinking stormwater can help protect your property & increase its value, provide a free source of water for irrigation, conserve drinking water, beautify your landscape, promote groundwater recharge and much more!

The guidebook is packed full of information including:

  • Understanding and evaluating stormwater runoff around your home or property
  • How to protect your property and increase its value
  • “Do it yourself” techniques
  • A wide assortment of sample stormwater Best Management Practices
  • Technical information and advice on rainwater harvesting and infiltration techniques
  • Guidance on designing and implementing large-scale projects
  • A broad sampling of local projects implemented right here in Sonoma County
  • Safety and maintenance requirements
  • An extensive resource guide to help readers quickly locate key information and get started!
Stewardship Guide for the Russian River

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This guide, created by the Sonoma, Gold Ridge, and Mendocino County RCDs, provides an overview of the diverse Russian River Watershed, and offers a host of resources to assist with stewardship of creek-side properties throughout the Watershed.

Management Tips to Enhance Land & Water Quality for Small Acreage Properties: Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed

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The RCD’s guide includes Best Management Practices for landowners and managers of small acreage properties in the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed.

Vineyard Frost Protection, a Guide for Northern Coastal California

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This RCD and NRCS publication provides a variety of frost protection alternatives available to north coast grape growers.

The Grazing Handbook

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The Grazing Handbook is for public agency personnel and private landowners who may be interested in exploring the use of livestock grazing to further their resource management goals.

Best Management Practices in Outdoor Hog Production

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These resource guides on best management practices for outdoor hog production in the San Francisco Bay Area are downloadable from the Alameda County Resource Conservation District and USDA NRCS website.

Horse Manure Management - A Guide for Bay Area Horsekeepers
Equine Facilities Assistance Program Fact Sheets

The Equine Facilities Assistance Program’s goal is to protect San Francisco Bay Area water resources by assisting in effective management of possible non-point source pollutants associated with horses. These informational documents are part of a series prepared and published by the Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districts in cooperation with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of California Cooperative Extension.

Fact Sheet Contents:

Russian River Watershed Directory

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The RCD’s guide to resources and services for management and stewardship of the Russian River watershed.

RCD Watershed Assessments, Studies, and Management Plans

SONOMA CREEK WATERSHED

Lower Sonoma Creek Flood Management and Ecosystem Enhancement

Lower Sonoma Creek Flood Management and Ecosystem Enhancement Study: View & Download PDF

Summary Brochure: View & Download PDF

Portions of Schellville and surrounding areas, in southern Sonoma County are frequently flooded during relatively small winter storm events that cause flows to overtop the banks of Sonoma and Schell Creeks. Recurrent flooding has caused economic loss and considerable damage to private property and roadways. This publication identifies and evaluates opportunities to address flooding issues and ecosystem enhancement.

Sonoma and Carriger Creeks Alluvial Fan Assessment

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The purpose of this assessment was to analyze the current mainstem channel conditions, causes of channel avulsion and instability, and to identify potential sites of future concern along Carriger and Sonoma Creeks on their alluvial fans.

Petaluma River Watershed

Draft Petaluma Watershed Enhancement Plan

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The overall purpose of the Watershed Enhancement Plan is to identify ways in which to protect, conserve, and enhance the watershed. The draft watershed plan goals that are listed here are an expansion of the 1998 plan goals.

San Antonio Creek Watershed Plan

Russian River Watershed

Austin Creek Watershed Assessment

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Austin Creek is a major tributary to the Russian River. This watershed assessment reviews erosion sources in the watershed, the current and historic condition of the creek channel and watershed, the extent of riparian forest, water quality and temperature conditions, and land uses. The goal of the watershed assessment is to investigate a broad range of current and historic conditions in the watershed and creek and recommend enhancement projects and Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality and creek habitat conditions.

Copeland Creek Watershed Assessment

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Copeland Creek is a small tributary in the southeastern corner of the Russian River watershed. The City of Rohnert Park occupies the downstream half of the drainage where the creek is primarily a straightened flood control channel. Copeland Creek is a tributary of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. The upstream half of the watershed is rural and the creek is a natural channel.

This watershed assessment reviews erosion sources in the watershed, the current and historic condition of the creek channel and watershed, the extent of riparian forest, water quality and temperature conditions, and land uses. The goal of the watershed assessment is to investigate a broad range of current and historic conditions in the watershed and creek and recommend enhancement projects and Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality and creek habitat conditions.

Mill Creek Watershed Management Plan

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Mill Creek watershed is located within the Russian River watershed Hydrologic Unit and the Warm Springs Hydrologic Sub-Basin as classified by Cal-Watershed 2.2a. The Warm Springs sub-basin runs along the western edge of the Russian River basin in Sonoma County and contains the vast expanse of the Dry Creek watershed and Lake Sonoma, which now occupies the majority of the sub-basin watershed. This sub-basin is named after Warm Springs Dam, constructed in 1982, which impounds Lake Sonoma. Primary ownership throughout the sub-basin is private, although USACE owns and manages Lake Sonoma.

Maacama and Upper Mark West Creek Integrated Watershed Management Plan

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The Maacama and Upper Mark West watersheds are located in central Sonoma County approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco and lie to the east of the Highway 101 corridor.

Both the Maacama and Upper Mark West watersheds are bordered by the Mayacamas mountain range and the Napa County line to the east. The Maacama Watershed is bordered by Alexander Valley to the northwest and the Upper Mark West watershed to the south, followed by the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed. These watersheds are located east of the cities of Santa Rosa, Windsor, and Healdsburg.