HISTORY OF FROST PROTECTION REGULATION
On September 20, 2011 the State Water Board adopted a Frost Protection Regulation for the Russian River Watershed. The Regulation provides that, with exception of diversions upstream of Warm Springs Dam in Sonoma County or Coyote Dam in Mendocino County, any diversion of water from the Russian River stream system, including the pumping of hydrologically connected groundwater for purposes of frost protection from March 15 through May 15, shall be diverted in accordance with a board-approved Water Demand Management Program (WDMP). The diversion of water in violation of this regulation would be an unreasonable method of diversion and use and a violation of Water Code section 100. The Regulation requires any WDMP to manage the instantaneous demand on the Russian River stream system during frost events to prevent stranding and mortality of salmonids.
*From State Water Board Website
BENEFITS OF USING NCWC
- Ease of Compliance: NCWC will file all the appropriate paperwork for compliance with the State Water Board Frost Regulation
- Economies of Scale: If landowners work collectively there is an economy of scale, reducing the cost for all participants. NCWC can facilitate the sharing of cost for purchasing gauges (if required), monitoring, and hiring of experts to perform the risk assessment reports.
- Data Security: Working together we have the ability to provide data on a sub-watershed or critical stream reach basis. Individually filed WDMPs allows to all access to all frost information of a single landowner.
COST TO PARTICIPATE
The North Coast Water Coalition (NCWC) provides services for compliance with the Russian River Frost Protection Regulation at a cost of $3 per frost-protected acre. A completed Registration/Participation Agreement must accompany all checks for participation and need to be made out to: Russian River Water Conservation Council
North Coast Water Coalition
513 Center Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
OUR COVERAGE AREA
Filing individual WDMPs will mean easy access to location of gauges and information collected of individual landowners. Cooperative monitoring will allow for development of data specific to sub-watersheds and a few critical stream reaches. In nearly all cases this data will be collected across a number of property owners. NCWC is working with the State Water Board to develop a process to protect landowner privacy, and protect against the potential threat of vandalism/ theft of gauges.
In the event that the data indicates a problem that is the result of water use for frost protection, NCWC will work with the appropriate regulatory agencies to resolve the causes of the impact and experts to determine the corrective action required to bring the landowner back into compliance.