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Attendees will learn about drought, groundwater use and more
Drought is one of the top headlines this year. Join the Water Education Foundation’s Oct. 9-10 Russian River Tour and learn about how this issue is affecting the Russian River watershed. For the urban residents of Santa Rosa, the story is one of conservation – users voluntarily cut their use 16 percent by June 30. But mandatory rationing is now in effect as water purveyors face a decline in storage: Lake Mendocino is only at 27 percent of capacity.
A microcosm of all things water, the Russian River watershed, like others throughout the state, is facing drought-related issues on water rights – the state has halted diversions on the upper Russian River which affects 652 water rights issued after 1954. Groundwater use and management also are challenges in this dry year as officials cope with saline water intrusion and a long-term decline in groundwater levels.
But this watershed also is an example of innovation and tour attendees will learn about stormwater management and capture, water recycling and environmental restoration. Tour stops include Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery, the inflatable dam at Mirabel intake and the mouth of the Russian River near Jenner. Also included is a stop at the Mulas Family Farms, known for the use of recycled water. The tour begins and ends in Santa Rosa and includes a tour of the Sonoma County wine region.