July 2009: Lower Flows and Basin Plan Amendment

Dear Russian River Supporter:

A Temporary Reprieve….

We have positive news to report thus far this summer, although it’s still fairly early.  As you recall from our last mailer, Russian River flows were scheduled to go down as low as 35 cubic feet per second (cfs) after July 6th.  In fact, they were supposed to go down to 85 cfs between June 15th and July 6th.  Those levels haven’t materialized yet. We have had few extended hot spells this season and Lake Mendocino storage levels have remained fairly constant, but there are signs that lower flows may be on the way, and we just have to wait and see what will happen.