Did you know...
- Your drinking water is filtered naturally through sixty feet of riverbed gravel and sand, and meets or exceeds over a hundred different standards for drinking water quality?
- The amount of water VOMWD delivers on a hot summer day (5 million gallons) could fill 80 million cups of coffee?
- On average, a VOMWD household (average 2.57 people) uses about 89,000 gallons of water annually for indoor and outdoor use?
- During our summer months the Russian River is one of the most heavily used streams for canoeing in the nation?
- Thirty-four species of fish, including steelhead trout, striped bass, American shad, and coho and chinook salmon, call the Russian River watershed and it's tributaries home?
- Sonoma County Water Agency’s water-inflated rubber dam is the width of the Russian River, tall enough to drive a car through and is equipped with two fish ladders?
- An acre-foot is the amount of water required to fill one acre of land to a depth of one foot?
- One acre-foot supplies the annual water needs of approximately two households?
The Russian River
- Originates in central Mendocino County, approximately 15 miles north of Ukiah
- Drains 1,485 square miles including much of Sonoma and Mendocino counties
- Meets the Pacific Ocean at Jenner, 20 miles west of Santa Rosa
- Main channel length is 110 miles
- Five principal tributaries: the East Fork of the Russian River, Big Sulphur Creek, Mark West Creek, Maacama Creek, and Dry Creek
Lake Pillsbury on the Eel River
- Scott Dam: constructed 1921, concrete gravity dam
- Drainage area: 298 square miles
- Storage capacity: 81,160 acre-feet
Lake Mendocino on the East Fork of the Russian River
- Coyote Valley Dam Project: constructed 1959, rolled earth embankment dam
- Drainage area: 105 square miles
- Storage capacity: 69,230 acre-feet
Lake Sonoma on Dry Creek
- Warm Springs Dam: constructed 1984, rolled earth embankment dam
- Drainage area: 130 square miles
- Storage capacity: 381,000 acre-feet.