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Sonoma County Water Agency eyes flood control

The Sonoma County Water Agency Zone 3A Flood Control Advisory Committee held its annual meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10. The group met so committee members could hear public concerns, updates on current agency projects, proposals for new projects and to set a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

With only two committee members in attendance, the group was not able to vote on anything, but did hear from the various members of the public, water agency staff and Sonoma Ecology Center staff.

Kent Gylfe, the water agency’s principal engineer, led the meeting, which was held in the Valley of the Moon Water District board room in El Verano.

The water agency, which is based in Santa Rosa, was created in 1949 as a special district by the state legislature to provide flood protection and water supply services. The agency controls the flooding of over 75 miles of streams. In 1995, the water agency was tasked with additional responsibilities of water sanitation and wastewater disposal. In 1958, as delineated in the original legislation, nine geographical zones were formed as a means of financing the construction and maintenance of flood protection projects in the county. Each of the nine zones covers a major watershed. Zone 3A is defined as the Valley of the Moon Watershed, which encompasses upper Sonoma Creek.

At the beginning of the meeting, several members of the public voiced concern over flooding in creeks near their neighborhoods, along with concerns about a lack of groundwater.

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