Sonoma RCD Publications
Sonoma RCD Biennial Report 2014-2015
The RCD's 2014-2015 biennial report highlights our conservation efforts throughout our district over the last two years, including successes in fish and wildlife habitat improvement, farm and ranch planning, water conservation, education programs, exciting new collaborations, and much more! Download your own copy.
Permitting for Conservation Projects
The RCD's simple one page guide for landowners on permits needed for a variety of conservation projects.
Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. Store it!
A Homeowner's and Landowner's Guide to Beneficial Stormwater Management
This manual has been developed for educational purposes by the Sonoma RCD and the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County. The storm water runoff improvement practices included in this guide are meant to be used as general guidelines and are not to be used as professional engineered specifications.
Supplemental Rainwater Catchment Brochure
Condensed information on rainwater catchment techiques and practices from the "Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. Store it!" Guide. Downloadable version available here.
Stewardship Guide for the Russian River
This guide, created by the Sonoma, Gold Ridge, and Mendocino County RCDs, provides an overview of the diverse Russian River Watershed, and offers a host of resources to assist with stewardship of creek-side properties throughout the Watershed.
Management Tips to Enhance Land & Water Quality for Small Acreage Properties: Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed
The Grazing Handbook is for public agency personnel and private landowners who may be interested in exploring the use of livestock grazing to further their resource management goals.
These resource guides on best management practices for outdoor hog production in the San Francisco Bay Area are downloadable from the Alameda County Resource Conservation District and USDA NRCS website.
The Equine Facilities Assistance Program's goal is to protect San Francisco Bay Area water resources by assisting in effective management of possible non-point source pollutants associated with horses. These informational documents are part of a series prepared and published by the Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districts in cooperation with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Fact Sheet Contents:
- Stormwater Runoff Management at High Use Areas
- Composting Horse Manure
- Conservation Measures to Reduce Non-point Source Pollution at Horse Facilities
- Photographic Monitoring for Equestrian Facilities
- Horse Paddocks: Designed and Managed to Protect Water Quality
- Controlling Yellow Starthistle
- Dryland Pasture for Horses
- Horse Manure Management
The RCD's guide to resources and services for management and stewardship of the Russian River watershed.
RCD Watershed Assessments, Studies, and Management Plans:
Sonoma Creek Watershed
Portions of Schellville and surrounding areas, in southern Sonoma County are frequently flooded during relatively small winter storm events that cause flows to overtop the banks of Sonoma and Schell Creeks. Recurrent flooding has caused economic loss and considerable damage to private property and roadways. This publication identifies and evaluates opportunities to address flooding issues and ecosystem enhancement.
Summary Brochure: Download 536 KB PDF
The purpose of this assessment was to analyze the current mainstem channel conditions, causes of channel avulsion and instability, and to identify potential sites of future concern along Carriger and Sonoma Creeks on their alluvial fans.
Petaluma River Watershed
Draft Petaluma Watershed Enhancement Plan
The overall purpose of the Watershed Enhancement Plan is to identify ways in which to protect, conserve, and enhance the watershed. The draft watershed plan goals that are listed in the attached PDF are an expansion of the 1998 plan goals.
Draft Petaluma Watershed Enhancement Plan (PDF - 4.28mb)
San Antonio Creek Watershed Plan
Russian River Watershed
Austin Creek Watershed Assessment
Austin Creek is a major tributary to the Russian River. This watershed assessment reviews erosion sources in the watershed, the current and historic condition of the creek channel and watershed, the extent of riparian forest, water quality and temperature conditions, and land uses. The goal of the watershed assessment is to investigate a broad range of current and historic conditions in the watershed and creek and recommend enhancement projects and Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality and creek habitat conditions.Austin Creek Watershed Assessment [9.8 MB PDF]
Copeland Creek Watershed Assessment
Copeland Creek is a small tributary in the southeastern corner of the Russian River watershed. The City of Rohnert Park occupies the downstream half of the drainage where the creek is primarily a straightened flood control channel. Copeland Creek is a tributary of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. The upstream half of the watershed is rural and the creek is a natural channel.
This watershed assessment reviews erosion sources in the watershed, the current and historic condition of the creek channel and watershed, the extent of riparian forest, water quality and temperature conditions, and land uses. The goal of the watershed assessment is to investigate a broad range of current and historic conditions in the watershed and creek and recommend enhancement projects and Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality and creek habitat conditions.Copeland Creek Watershed Assessment [6.1 MB PDF]
Mill Creek Watershed Management PlanMill Creek watershed is located within the Russian River watershed Hydrologic Unit and the Warm Springs Hydrologic Sub-Basin as classified by Cal-Watershed 2.2a. The Warm Springs sub-basin runs along the western edge of the Russian River basin in Sonoma County and contains the vast expanse of the Dry Creek watershed and Lake Sonoma, which now occupies the majority of the sub-basin watershed. This sub-basin is named after Warm Springs Dam, constructed in 1982, which impounds Lake Sonoma. Primary ownership throughout the sub-basin is private, although USACE owns and manages Lake Sonoma.
Mill Creek Watershed Management Plan [21.17 MB PDF]
Maacama and Upper Mark West Creek Integrated Watershed Management PlanThe Maacama and Upper Mark West watersheds are located in central Sonoma County approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco and lie to the east of the Highway 101 corridor.
Both the Maacama and Upper Mark West watersheds are bordered by the Mayacamas mountain range and the Napa County line to the east. The Maacama Watershed is bordered by Alexander Valley to the northwest and the Upper Mark West watershed to the south, followed by the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed. These watersheds are located east of the cities of Santa Rosa, Windsor, and Healdsburg.Maacama and Upper Mark West Creek Integrated Watershed Management Plan[ 15.31 MB PDF]