US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District

Russian River Ecosystem Restoration (I)

RUSSIAN RIVER ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION

INVESTIGATIONS

PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION

The Russian River Watershed encompasses 1,485 square miles (approx. 950,000 acres) within Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, California. This watershed study is looking at opportunities to prevent or reduce flood damage, to restore riverine ecosystem and the wise use of floodplains, to restore watershed functions through restorative land-use practices, and to conserve the remaining hydrologic and ecological resources. The results of Phase I identified the mission to protect, restore, and enhance the biological health of the Russian River and its watershed through a community-based process. Phase II includes the completion of a Russian River Watershed Adaptive Management Plan (WAMP). Task I of the WAMP would rank watershed areas in the Russian River Watershed and address tasks identified in the National Marine Fisheries Service Russian River Biological Opinion (BO).

TOTAL FUNDING

 

 

 

TOTAL COST

                     $     6,996,000

FEDERAL COST

                     $     3,671,000

NON-FEDERAL COST

                     $     3,325,000

 

 

TOTAL FEDERAL COST THROUGH FY 2015

                     $     1,880,000

ARRA FUNDING

                     $                 0

FY 2016 BUDGET

                     $                 0

COST TO COMPLETE

                     $                 0

FY 15 accomplishments

  • This study did not receive funding in FY 15. 

FY 16 accomplishments (based on the availability of funds)

The following activities are based on the availability of funds:

  • Continue work on the Draft Russian River WAMP and support completing of BO tasks.
  • Amend the Federal Cost Share Agreement (FCSA) to add the Sonoma County Water Agency as a co-sponsor.

ISSUES AND OTHER INFORMATION

  • The State of California Resources Agency is the Non-Federal Sponsor (NFS).
  • The District is investigating how designated BO issues would be incorporated into the WAMP. The expectation is to take a two-pronged approach: (1) to develop a Feasibility Study (FS) that would determine if there is a federal interest in a Dry Creek construction projects and (2) to fulfill some of the BO requirements associated with technical, planning, and design assistance for nonstructural tasks. The lack of funding has dramatically reduced local involvement.

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST

  • 2nd District, Rep. Jared Huffman
  • 5th District, Rep. Mike Thompson

POINT OF CONTACT

  • Deputy for Project Management, Arijs A. Rakstins, (415) 503-6720

Updated on 23 February 2015

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Contact

General Questions
415-503-6708
450 Golden Gate
San Francisco, CA 94102