Water Agency: ‘We hear you’

Sonoma County Water Agency officials say they have heard the complaints of residents regarding Fryer Creek, which drained suddenly three weeks ago to the shock of many who regularly enjoy the waterway.

In fact, that’s the message on four large signs posted along Fryer Creek earlier this week: “We hear you.”

The signs are part of the water agency’s response to public outcry, which has largely focused on the animals – ranging from fish to frogs to ducks and, reportedly, otters – that all lived in the sluggish waters north of MacArthur Street.

That was until the night of July 23, when a large hole opened up in the creek bed just north of the MacArthur Street overcrossing. Some residents stood watching as smaller animals such as frogs and crawdads were sucked into the hole.

Water agency officials call the overcrossing a “box culvert,” because it is box-shaped and allows the water to pass beneath the roadway; and they said the hole that opened is a “low-flow bypass culvert” that plugged long ago and recently unplugged on its own. Water draining into it comes out immediately to the south of MacArthur.

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