Dear RRWPC Supporter:
Summer is here….
The dams are in, the temperature is heating up, river flows are very low, beaches are crowded, the algae is starting to bloom, and summer on the lower Russian River has truly begun. And, according to test samples, the river has been mostly free of bacteria.
Once again the Sonoma County Water Agency received permission from the State to lower minimum flows as far as 70 cubic feet per second (cfs) and on July 6, 2012, river flows as measured at the Hacienda Bridge were already down to 114 cfs. That’s extremely low at this point in the season, especially when we have not had any major heat waves lasting more than a day. Normally, the Water Agency would start releasing more water from the dams to bring flows back up to 125 cfs.