Whose water is it anyway?
Other jurisdictions have water rights ahead of RVCWD.

  • Sonoma County paid for most of the Coyote Dam and has rights to most of the water.
  • Most users are regulated by the State Water Resources Control Board to ensure implementation of water rights.
  • RVCWD has the only pump station on the lake and withdraws water under three separate water rights. The primary water right we use is for surplus water from Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District.
  • We also have a surplus water purchase agreement with Sonoma County Water Agency if we have met their conservation requirements. However, that water will cost three times as much as water we get now.

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