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Meeting to unveil Fryer Creek flood reduction plan

Sonoma residents will be able to learn about a project that will help reduce flooding in Fryer Creek while recharging groundwater in the City of Sonoma at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Community Meeting Room, 177 First St. W.

The $1.9 million “City Watersheds of Sonoma Valley” award was awarded in the fall by the California Department of Water Resources, which administers funding from Proposition 1E, approved by voters in 2006. The multi-benefit project will capture rainwater during large storms, allowing the water to slow and sink into the ground before going into Fryer Creek in the City of Sonoma. An additional component of the project will reduce downstream flood risks.

“This multi-benefit, multi-stakeholder project will help reduce potential flooding in large storms by allowing the water to slow, spread and sink into the ground,” said First District Supervisor Susan Gorin, who serves on the boards of Sonoma County’s Water Agency and Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.

“City Watersheds will serve as a model for other projects throughout Sonoma Valley, which suffers from too much water during big storms and not enough groundwater during dry periods,” she said.

The water agency and Open Space District partnered with the City of Sonoma and the Sonoma Ecology Center in developing this project, which will be located on open space land known as the Montini Preserve.

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