Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Ag Water Use: Regulation, Legislation and Drought Workshop


Farmers and Ranchers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties are invited to attend a meeting on agricultural water use in the Russian River watershed. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 24, from 9am-noon at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds located at 1 Citrus Fair Drive in Cloverdale. 

The workshop covers the Russian River Frost Regulation and how to comply with it; the Upper Russian River Water Rights Curtailment and its lifting; Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, its effects on agriculture, and the actions we should take; and the update on the USDA insurance programs.

RSVP to attend by November 20, to: Devon Jones email or call 707-462-6664. 

This meeting is presented in conjunction with a USDA Risk Management Agreement and is sponsored by Mendocino County Farm Bureau, Mendocino Winegrowers, Sonoma County Farm Bureau and Sonoma County Winegrape Commission. 

Schedule of Events:
Frost Water Regulation and What It Means for 2015


  • Devon Jones, Mendocino County Farm Bureau;
  • Karissa Kruse, Sonoma Wine Grape Commission 

Review of Regulation Requirements:

  • DeeDee D’Adamo and Steve Moore, SWRCB Board Members
  • John O’Hagan, SWRCB Assistant Deputy Director of Water Right
  • Kyle Wooldridge, SWRCB Water Resources Control Engineer

Water Demand Management Program (WDMP) Development Ideas:

  • Sean White, Russian River Flood Control District
  • Doug McIlroy, Russian River Water Conservation Council
  • Al Cadd, Russian River Property Owners Association

Independent Science Review Panel Update:

  • Laurel Marcus, California Land Stewardship Institute

2014 Russian River Curtailment Process:  

  • Kathy Mrowka, SWRCB Water Rights Enforcement Section Manager

Proposal for the Russian River Tributaries:  

  • Paula Whealen, Wagner and Bonsignore

Proposal for the Russian River Mainstem:  

  • Pam Jeane, Sonoma County Water Agency

Ground Water Legislation. How Can Ag Be Prepared?

  • Chris Scheuring/ Jack Rice: California Farm Bureau Federation
  • Tito Sasaki: Sonoma County Farm Bureau

2015 Agricultural Insurance Programs. Applications and Upcoming Deadlines. Crop Insurance and Whole Farm Revenue Protection:

  • James Otto, USDA Risk Management Agency