The North Coast Regional Board has conducted numerous studies over the last ten years to justify widespread new regulations to control pathogens in the Russian River and its major tributaries. About 20 years ago, legislation known as AB 885 triggered this activity, although Russian River septic systems had long been blamed by upstream neighbors for polluting the Russian River. While several other sources of bacterial pollution were acknowledged in the Regional Board’s 350+ page TMDL Report, most of the document focused on septic systems as having the greatest need for remediation. More »
This mailer attempts to weave a wastewater story with numerous threads together into a single tale. Over the last ten years you have read about many of these threads separately, so none will be unfamiliar. It is of especial importance to those who rely on a septic system to treat waste, but should also concern those on central sewer, such as the Russian River County Sanitation District (RRCSD). Read on and let us know what you think.
Thread 1: Imminent approval of two new regulatory documents…..The governor of California signed AB 885 into law on Sept. 27, 2000, calling for the development of new regulations for siting, repairing, and replacing Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS). More »
Sixth biggest flood for Russian River…February’s flood this year was at least 3’ lower than the highest ever recorded in February, 1986, yet the devastation seems as great. Viewing Rio Nido Road from the Fire House around the time of peak flows, it appeared inundated to nearly the same level as the 1986 flood (almost 49’), about 20’ from the structure. The river hit 45.4’ on Wednesday night (Feb. 27th) and an estimated 2000 buildings flooded. Nearby streets were approximately 5’ to 7’ deep during the flood. About 3500 people had been told to evacuate. More »
RRWPC hopes you have had a wonderful holiday season. We start by summarizing last year’s activities and our plans for the coming year. Here are a few highlights of 2018 and 2019:
- • Numerous meetings to address clean up and environmental impacts from the fires dominated 2018. Huge efforts were conducted by County and State agencies, local environmental groups, fishery agencies, and quasi-governmental/environmental agencies, to protect water quality. RRWPC spent our time reading documents, attending meetings, and sharing ideas where appropriate. Professional organizations taking the lead on this effort had far greater expertise about fire damage to the land, and the computer skills to map and identify areas of greatest concern. More »