NMFS biologists believe that reducing summertime flows in the Russian River and Dry Creek would provide better fishery habitat by reducing velocity, minimizing the need to artificially breach the sandbar at the river mouth, and potentially improving estuary conditions for steelhead by allowing the formation of a freshwater lagoon. Comments on the Notice of Preparation closed on Monday, November 12, On August 16, , Sonoma Water requested that the State Water Board cancel the petitions filed on September 23, , as well as the outstanding time extension petitions for Permits , and that were filed on October 11, , and filed new petitions for revised permanent changes to the Decision minimum instream flow requirements, revised time extensions, and modifications to the hydrologic index that assesses hydrologic water supply conditions in the watershed. The Petition requests that the Division of Water Rights act expeditiously to approve the requested changes to minimum in-stream flows as identified in the Biological Opinion.
Changes to the Flows in the Russian River
Tubing the Russian River: How to Plan a Float Trip | Blog | Learn | Sonoma County Regional Parks
Floating down the Russian River is one of Sonoma County's most popular summer activities - for both visitors and locals. But a tubing adventure can go flat in no time if you don't plan ahead. Here are our do's and don'ts for a successful float trip. You don't want to finish a nice, long float and have to walk back to your car along the narrow shoulder of River Road, with traffic speeding past. Park one car at Sunset Beach then drive the other to Steelhead to start your trip. If you plan to call a rideshare, know that cell service on the river is spotty.
20 Things to Do by The Russian River
Native Americans settled in what is now Guerneville thousands of years ago. The area later became home to Russian and Aleut trappers. The first Anglo-Americans who settled in the Russian River Valley in came to take advantage of the large and plentiful redwood trees. Not only did the introduction of standard and narrow-gauge railroads to the area support the logging industry, it also gave rise to tourism, the next large economic base of the area. Resort hotels and subdivisions developed along the rail lines and the river, where visitors enjoyed their summer vacations or fishing expeditions.