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Landowner Tools

In Coastal California's Mediterranean climate, most rainfall occurs in the winter months followed by a dry period in the summer and fall. In the Russian River watershed, human and wildlife needs compete for annual water resources, and demand is highest when water is least available. As water users, whether residential or agricultural, changing the way we obtain and use water can improve water reliability for both humans and fish.

Success Stories

Rainwater; Residential Tanks; Off-Stream Storage; Frost Protection Alternatives - coming soon

Water Savings - Residential

Reducing residential water consumption from installation of low flow fixtures to use of drought-tolerant plants in your landscaping is a great way to conserve water. Click on the links below for more information on ways to conserve water... and save money!

Water Savings - Agricultural

Challenges for agricultural landowners in Sonoma County's Mediterranean climate can be addressed through a number of tools that maximize water use and efficiency. For more information check the links below.

Fan for Frost Protection (Trout Unlimited) off-stream pond filled by rain and well water

Frost Protection

There is no clear one-size-fits-all approach to frost protection. In Grape Creek, the Partnership worked with farmers to implement to two very different frost protection solutions to protect grapevines and benefit salmon and steelhead. One project was the installation of a frost fan that eliminated an on-stream water diversion; the second project replaced an on-stream water diversion and use of a flashboard dam with an off-stream pond filled by rain and well water. Click on the links below for more information:

Stormwater Catchment

In a residential setting, rainwater can be captured from roof gutters and routed into tanks for future use. In an agricultural setting, rainwater can be captured in tanks, ponds or underground cisterns and used for irrigation and drinking water for animals. More sophisticated systems are available for potable water use. Visit the websites below for more information.

Groundwater Recharge

Managing stormwater so that it sinks into the ground rather than running off into creeks and storm drains can have many benefits. Reducing runoff during storms prevents erosion and flooding. Sinking water into the ground contributes to groundwater and base flows in creeks. Once thought of as a nuisance, stormwater is now universally recognized as one our most important natural resources and proper management (simple to complex) is more important than ever.


A permit is an agreement between an applicant and a regulatory agency stating that the applicant agrees to follow certain regulations or guidelines governing a project or type of land use. By issuing and tracking permits, agencies ensure that California's environment is protected now and in the future. Visit the websites below for more information.

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