Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership

In response to the precipitous decline of coho salmon in the Russian River watershed, the Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership (Partnership) formed in 2009 to develop a systematic approach to improve streamflow and water supply reliability in five Russian River tributaries: Dutch Bill Creek, Grape Creek, Green Valley Creek, Mark West Creek, and Mill Creek. The Partnership is generously funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with additional support from the Sonoma County Water Agency.

The Partnership is focusing initially on five key watersheds - Dutch Bill, Grape, Green Valley, Mark West, and Mill Creeks - because they have the most potential for stream flow enhancement and recovery of the coho salmon population.

To assist landowners and water users, the Partnership is using the best available science to develop workable solutions that reduce the impact of dry season water diversions from our streams. Collecting data specific to each watershed helps us measure improvements to stream flow, increase water reliability, and improve survival rates of coho salmon.

Changing the way you obtain water can benefit fish and improve your water security. The Partnership wants to work with you to assess your water needs, evaluate conservations strategies, and identify projects to reduce reliance on streams. Possible projects include:

  • Roof water catchment systems and domestic water storage tanks
  • Off-stream ponds
  • Frost protection alternatives such as micro-sprinklers and fans
  • Stream habitat restoration projects

Contact Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership

Linda Tandle
Project Coordinator
4179 Piedmont Ave.
Suite 325
Oakland, California  94611
Phone: (510) 420-4565, ext. 107


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Sonoma County, California

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