January 13, 1999
Sonoma County Community Development Commission
1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-4107
RE: RUSSIAN RIVER REDEVELOPMENT PLAN DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Agency) has reviewed the Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the subject project and submits the following comments.
Staff reviewed the Draft EIR for the subject project for issues related to the responsibilities of the Agency and the Russian River County Sanitation District (RRCSD). References to Agency and RRCSD are used interchangeably. Our comments generally are presented in "page order" relative to the Draft EIR. Suggested revisions are indicated by strikeout text for deletions and underline text for additions.
1.Page 7-7, under the section titled "Local Storm Drainage System Impacts": The following statement should be corrected as follows: County General Plan policies, codes, and ordinances require adequate storm drainage improvements for all new development, subject to review and approval by the County of Sonoma Sonoma County Water Agency.
Sonoma County Water Agency does not review or approve drainage plans in the Redevelopment area. This is the responsibility of the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department.
2. Page 9-3, under section titled "Existing Water Supply": The
following statements should be corrected as follows:
The ability of the WRCB to grant future water diversion rights may be affected by regulation of the Russian River by current negotiations with the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS). The NMFS is charged with protecting three fish species in the Russian River currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Regarding protection of sensitive salmon species. The outcome of these new regulations negotiations was uncertain at the time this Draft EIR was written, but could result in additional water releases for protection of thelisted fish population populations."
January 13, 2000
The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) is also pursuing increased utilization of Lake Sonoma water through its the proposed Water Supply Transmission System Project (WSTSP). The goal of the WSTSP is to increase SCWA use of water stored in Lake Sonoma water. The increased water volume would be wholesaled by the SOWA to its water contractors including the cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Rohnert Park, and Cotati, and the Forestville, and Valley of the Moon, and North Marin Water Districts. The WSTSP does not propose to alter SCWA use of the minimum Russian River flows water diversion activities, and thus would not directly is not expected to impact involve the Sweetwater Springs Water District, which supplies the Project Area.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment. For questions related to the
RRCSD, you may contact Michelle Julene at 547-1947. Please send future
environmental documents related to this project to the attention of William
J. Keene, Principal Environmental Specialist, Sonoma County Water Agency.
/s/ Erica Hendricks Phelps for
Senior Environmental Specialist
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