Sonoma County Water Agency E-News | December 2017
Happy Holidays from the Water Agency!
The Water Agency would like to wish you a happy holiday season, and a happy New Year too! We hope everyone has a restful holiday season.

Water Agency offices will be closed on Friday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The 24-hour operations desk (707-523-1070) will remain open. Our offices will also be closed Friday, January 1 for New Years. 
Emergency public hotlines - Flood, sanitation, streams maintenance
Flood Forecast Hotline: (707) 526-4768
The Flood Forecast is a recording that provides updates on local river conditions. The recordings are updated by the Sonoma County Water Agency as conditions change.
Stream Maintenance: (707) 521-1845
Report any stream related issues, such as debris or stream channel changes, to prevent localized flooding.
Sewage Emergency Hotline: (707) 523-1070
The Sewage Emergency Hotline is operated on a 24-hour basis at the Sonoma County Water Agency's Operations Center. Call this hotline to report any sewage spills, overflows or backed-up sewer lines.
Water Agency Fire Recovery
The Water Agency is working independently and in collaboration with organizations throughout Sonoma County to protect our watersheds and water supply from adverse impacts from the October wildfires. Water Agency staff are assisting in the regional effort to identify potential risks the fires have posed to our watersheds, and are taking actions to mitigate and address those risks.  
  • Along with the Regional Water Quality Control Board, United States Geological Survey, and other regional partners, Water Agency staff are monitoring water quality in and around burn areas. 

  • Water Agency staff are supporting a regional effort to install wattles, sandbags, and other erosion control techniques to minimize the amount of sediment and debris that enters our waterways. 

  • Water Agency staff have helped to remove debris and excess vegetation from flood control channels.
  • The Early Warning Forecast and Response System will provide localized information to the National Weather Service (NWS), enhancing their ability to send out local advisories, alerts, and warnings to areas where fires have increased the risk of flash flooding, debris flows, and landslides. The Water Agency is working to expedite the installation of additional instrumentation to measure stream flows and precipitation to improve the regional storm monitoring, and is working to install an x-band radar unit to provide enhanced local weather prediction. 

Click below to read more about the Water Agency’s involvement in fire recovery efforts.
Water Storage and Rainfall
Current water supply conditions

Lake Sonoma:
203.848 acre-feet (83.2% of Target Water Supply Storage Curve)
Lake Mendocino:
63.437 acre-feet (107.97% of Target Water Supply Storage Curve)
Current rainfall conditions
(10/1/17 - 12/10/17)

Average (1894-2017 water years): 8.84”
Current Water Year: 5.50” which is 62.22% of average 
Santa Rosa:
Average (1950-2017 water years): 7.78"
Current Water Year: 6.27” which is 80.59% of average
Employment Opportunities
We invite you to explore the career opportunities available with the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Water Agency Recruitments
Now Open:
  • Water Agency CAD/GIS Coordinator 
Fact of the Month
The Water Agency is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint as much as possible. The Water Agency fleet includes twenty hybrid vehicles and five all-electric vehicles, which are powered predominantly by carbon-free electricity.
This E-News is produced by the Water Agency's Community & Government Affairs Department. We want to hear from you!  Contact us with your questions. 
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