The state of the Sonoma Valley water supply is the subject of an upcoming public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E.
The meeting will be hosted by Sonoma County Water Agency director and county Supervisor Susan Gorin.
Several dry years combined with the driest year of record in 2013 have culminated in drought conditions across the region. This meeting, co-sponsored by the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Sonoma Valley Basin Advisory Panel, is the first in a series of drought town hall meetings planned throughout the county this spring.
Sonoma Valley currently meets its water needs through a combination of groundwater and Russian River water. While a little more than half of Sonoma Valley’s water demand is met by local groundwater resources, the water agency supplies Russian River water to fulfill 95 percent of the City of Sonoma’s water demand and 85 percent of the Valley of the Moon Water District’s demand. Technical studies and monitoring of the Sonoma Valley groundwater basin have found long-term declining groundwater levels, relatively low aquifer yield and saline intrusion in the south side of the valley. Meanwhile, water from the Russian River must travel more than 30 miles to reach the Sonoma Valley and has been impacted by requirements to protect endangered fish and environmental needs.
“These issues affect all water users, whether urban, residential, business, or agricultural. With the ongoing drought, Sonoma Valley citizens need to come together to find out more about our shared water supply, get questions answered, learn what agencies are doing to address these critical needs, and conserve water immediately in our daily lives,” said Gorin.