The July 24 Index-Tribune article, “Mysterious hole drains Fryer Creek,” followed by the Aug. 2 article, “Neighbors irked over Fryer Creek draining,” makes clear that Sonoma residents want to protect streams and creeks as well as the habitat that they provide. I hear you, and I agree.
As General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, which provides flood control services in the city of Sonoma, I am dedicated to protecting and restoring watersheds.
Ideally, the Water Agency would like to see a free-flowing creek filled with an abundance of native fish, birds, wildlife and vegetation.
In the estimation of the Water Agency, and the resource agencies and other organizations that we work with, keeping the low flow bypass in Fryer Creek open is the best way, in the near term, that we can support Fryer Creek and the habitat it provides for native fish and vegetation.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the City of Sonoma Public Works Department and the Sonoma Ecology Center agree.