SSCRCD Publications

Sonoma and Carriger Creeks Alluvial Fan Assessment

Sonoma and Carriger Creeks Alluvial Fan Assessment, July 2012

The RCD is pleased to announce the availability of the Sonoma and Carriger Creeks Alluvial Fan Assessment prepared by Laurel Collins with the SSCRCD. Download the full report via the link at the bottom of the page.

Channels on active alluvial fans are inherently unstable. Development on these landforms combined with the occurrence of flooding, property damage, channel instability, and loss of mature riparian vegetation has prompted this study of the channel profiles of Sonoma and Carriger Creeks to improve our understanding of current conditions and recent changes along their alluvial fans.

The purpose of this project 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.

The report contains over 60 pages with maps, figures, and charts describing:

  • study purpose and goals, background and history
  • the local landscape setting and fluvial geomorphology concepts as they relate to alluvial fans
  • conceptual model of flood flow interactions along sections of Sonoma Creek and Carriger Creek
  • conclusions and recommendations for restoration and flooding projects on alluvial fans

We thank the landowners and stakeholders for their many years of input and participation and acknowledge the funding support from our partners: the Sonoma County Water Agency. For more info or assistance: email us, info "at" sscrcd.org

Sonoma and Carriger Creeks Alluvial Fan Assessment: Download 9.8 MB PDF

Lower Sonoma Creek Flood Management and Ecosystem Enhancement, October 2012

Lower Sonoma Creek Flood Management and Ecosystem Enhancement, October 2012

The RCD is pleased to anounce the availability of the Lower Sonoma Creek Flood Management and Ecosystem Enhancement Study prepared by ESA PWA with SSCRCD. Download the full study report or the summary brochure via the links below.

The report contains over 180 pages with figures, maps, and charts and technical appendices describing:

  • study purpose and goals, background and history
  • landscape and waterscape setting
  • opportunities and constraints for flood management and restoration
  • conceptual model of flood flow interactions along Sonoma Creek
  • conclusions and recommendations
  • appendices: project alternatives, hydraulic model development report, photos of recent flood events, screening analysis and alternatives in hydrodynamic model, shoreline response to sea level rise, sediment transport adn geomorphic analyses, and brief intro to tidal marsh restoration

The 4-page brochure summarizes the study, alternatives evaluated, the modeling results and key findings.

We thank the landowners and stakeholders for their many years of input and participation and acknowledge the funding support from our partners: US Army Corps of Engineers, California Coastal Conservancy, and the Sonoma County Water Agency. For more info or assistance: info "at" sscrcd.org

Lower Sonoma Creek Flood Management and Ecosystem Enhancement, October 2012: Download 27.8 MB PDF

Summary Brochure: Download 536 KB PDF

Strategic Plan May 2012

Strategic Plan May 2012

The RCD is pleased to share our 2012 Strategic Plan with you, which was approved and adopted by our board in April 2012. In sharing our future plans for the District, we want to express how grateful we are for the critical participation, expertise, and co-sponsorship that many of you have contributed to our programs and our strategy for the District for the next 5 years. This marks our 61st year in supporting agriculture, environment, and people in Southern Sonoma County and this milestone would not be possible without you. Special thanks also to the board and staff of the RCD that have provided critical feedback and vision for the creation of this plan.

Strategic Plan May 2012: Download 2.57 MB PDF

Slow it. Spread it. Sink it! A Homeowner's and Landowner's Guide to Beneficial Stormwater Management

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The Vineyard Manual

This exciting new guidebook will help landowners and homeowners make the most of the many potential benefits of innovative stormwater management. 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.

Traditional building and landscaping practices were designed to dispose of stormwater as quickly as possible. This outdated paradigm typically results in significant damage to land, structures, and the surrounding environment. Slowing down, spreading and sinking stormwater can help protect your property & increase its value, provide a free source of water for irrigation, conserve drinking water, beautify your landscape, promote groundwater recharge and much more!

The Vineyard Manual

The Vineyard Manual

This technical manual was originally compiled in 1993 in response to requests from grape growers in Sonoma County, California, for technical information regarding vineyard development and environmentally sound practices. It was the growers' consensus that a manual outlining basic standards and guidelines for good vineyard management practices was needed and would be beneficial to all grape growers.

Vineyard Manual topics include:
  • Fencing
  • Wetlands
  • Irrigation
  • Soil Bioengineering
  • Wildlife Habitat Management
  • Local Agency Info/Contacts
  • Erosion Control
  • Pest Management

The "Vineyard Manual" is revised and updated and full of valuable technical guidance. The engineering standards and specifications serve as the basis of current, adopted "Best Management Practices" used by many federal, state and local agencies throughout the country, including revised standards and specifications NRCS. A wide array of practical topics are presented.

To order your copy, download our order form here or contact our office. Requires Acrobat Reader.

Funding for the preparation of the original manuscript was provided through a grant from the San Francisco Estuary Project, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Funding for this updated manual was provided from the State Water Resources Control Board. Compiled by the Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Creek Care - A Guide for Rural Landowners and Residents of Petaluma and Sonoma Creek Watersheds

Creek Care - A Guide for Rural Landowners and Residents of Petaluma and Sonoma Creek Watersheds

A Publication Sponsored by:
Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District
1301 Redwood Way, Suite 170
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 794-1242, ext. 3

Click here to view Adobe PDF format document. Copies of this document are also available at our office.

San Antonio Creek Watershed Plan

San Antonio Creek Watershed Plan

Prepared by: The Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District in conjunction with the people of the San Antonio Creek Watershed, March 2008.

Click here to view Adobe PDF format document. A higher resolution PDF is available upon request (for a better print of the map), and a few hardcopies of this document are still available at our office.

Petaluma Watershed Enhancment Plan

Petaluma Watershed Enhancment Plan - An owner's manual for the residents and landowners of the Petaluma River Watershed

Prepared by: The Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District in conjunction with the people of the Petaluma River Watershed. July 1999. This document is out of print; a hard copy is available for viewing at our office. Due to the large file size, the document is provided in sections to ease downloading. Requires Acrobat Reader.

Main Document Appendices

Creek Signs - A Guide to Developing A Local Watershed and Creek Signage Program

Creek Signs - A Guide to Developing A Local Watershed and Creek Signage Program

A Publication Produced by:
Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District
1301 Redwood Way, Suite 170
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 794-1242, ext. 3

Funded by the California Coastal Conservancy. Click here to view Adobe PDF format document. Copies of this document are also available at our office.

The Vineyard Manual

Equine Facilities Assistance Program Fact Sheets

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:

The contents of these documents do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency or the State Water Resources Control Board, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

The Vineyard Manual

Half Century Report - Celebrating a Half Century of Caring for the Land

The beauty and lifestyle we enjoy in Sonoma County are owed in part to agriculture. Since 1850 farmers and other residents of the Petaluma, Sonoma and Stemple Creek watersheds have been quietly caring for the landscape we cherish. In the last century, the population and development of Sonoma County have exploded, resulting in increasingly complex and broad challenges for maintaining and enhancing the county’s local resources.

Other Useful Publications

Restoration Design and Management Guidelines for the Petaluma River. Vols. I & II.
1996. Questa Engineering Corporation and Waxman Environmental Consulting & Services for the City of Petaluma and the Sonoma County Water Agency.
Call SSCRCD at 794-1242, ext.3, to review a copy.

Riparian Vegetation Management for Pierce's Disease in North Coast California Vineyards.
2000. The Pierce's Disease/Riparian Habitat Workgroup.
Call SSCRCD at 794-1242, ext.3, to review or purchase a copy.

Horsekeeping: A Guide to Land Management for Clean Water.
2001. Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districts.
Call SSCRCD at 794-1242, ext.3, for more information.

Start at the Source: Design Guidance Manual for Stormwater Quality Protection.
1997. Tom Richman and Associates. Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA). New York: Forbes Custom Publishing. Resource on stormwater management in the greater Bay Area and north coast.
Contact www.basmaa.org for more information.

Fish Friendly Farming Certification Program and Farm Assessment and Conservation Plan Workbook.
Sotoyome Resource Conservation District. Program and workbook focus on vineyards.
Call the Sotoyome RCD at (707) 569-1448.

Groundwork: A Handbook for Erosion Control in North Coastal California.
2007. 2nd edition now available (1st edition, 1987). Liza Prunuske for the Marin Resource Conservation District. Call SSCRCD at 794-1242, ext.3, to review a copy.

Rangeland Watershed Program Fact Sheets.
U.C. Cooperative Extension and U.S.D.A. Natural Resource Conservation Service. The fact sheets cover a wide range of topics, some of which include water quality, different monitoring techniques, grazing management, ranch plans, and riparian areas.
For an order form, call the U.C.C.E. office in Marin at (415) 499-4204.

Ranch Plan Workbook.
1995. U.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Copies are available from U.C.C.E. in Novato at (415) 499-4204 or Santa Rosa at (707) 565-2621.

Simply the Facts.
1995. NRCS and AmeriCorps Water Quality Fact Sheets. This clear, easy to follow information on conducting different types of water quality tests is available from the NRCS at (707) 794-1242, ext. 3.

Handbook for Forest and Ranch Roads.
1994. William Weaver, PhD., and Danny Hagans for the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District. This $20 book is available from the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District. Call (707) 468-9223.

Ranch Plans.
Local vineyards, dairies and horse facilities have completed ranch plans with guidance from SSCRCD - Over 30 plans completed.

Sonoma Creek Watershed Enhancement Plan.
1997. Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District. Call SSCRCD at 794-1242, ext.3, for more information.

Following a two-year planning effort, the Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District completed the Sonoma Creek Watershed Enhancement Plan in June, 1997. The goals of the Plan were developed by a broad-based group of local community organizations, residents, and agriculturists. Their goal was to develop a plan that provides recommendations for management of the Valley’s natural resources agreeable to all citizens of the watershed and serve as a planning tool for years to come.

The goals of the Plan include:

  • Maintain long-term local control of watershed planning and enhancement.
  • Conserve and improve the natural resources of the watershed, including native wildlife species and plant communities, productive soils and health stream habitat.
  • Encourage responsible landmanagement practices that support a healthywatershed. Manage streams to maximize wildlife habitat while maintaining effective flood control.
  • Educate the community about the natural features of the watershed, its people, and economy.

Stemple Creek/Estero San Antonio Watershed Enhancement Plan.
1994. Prunuske Chatham, Inc. for the Marin County and Southern Sonoma County RCDs. Call SSCRCD at 794-1242, ext.3, for more information.

SSCRCD Newsletters
Each watershed in the RCD's area receives newsletters with information about the watershed and pertinent issues.

  • North Bay Forum Newsletter
  • Petaluma River Watershed News
  • Sonoma Creek Currents
  • Stemple Creek Newsletter
  • Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District - Years in Review


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