A few words about O.W.L.'s birth
The O.W.L. Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)
3 California corporation made up of Sonoma County residents
who became alarmed at the dangerous water crisis growing in
Sonoma County. Numerous areas in the County have been declared "water
scarce"; other areas, previously considered "water
are now in groundwater overdraft.
People are lowering lowering pumps in their wells, digging new
wells, and some people whose wells have gone dry now truck water
to their property.
The O.W.L. Foundation grew out of the South County Resource Protection Committee
(SCRPC) . This group successfully sued the
City of Rohnert Park by demonstrating in court that the City had insufficient
supplies of water for further expansion.
O.W.L. was created to address the
water crisis at the County level.
The most important action that County government
can do is to
implement a Groundwater Management Plan (GMP) according
to the guidelines set forth in AB3030. A GMP is simply
a water "budget".
does helps the County adopt a Groundwater
What does O.W.L. do?
1. O.W.L. members have attended General Plan Update 2020 meetings,
especially those devoted to the Water Resource Element (WRE).
Our attorneys contributed specific language to the WRE and help
to guide the Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) in crafting a
document that protects water resources.
2. O.W.L. has helped, with the Sonoma County Group of the Sierra
Club, create a Sonoma County Water Coalition (SCWC) made up
of virtually all
in the County. The SCWC has created even more specific language
to be included in the WRE.
3. O.W.L. members routinely attend meetings and make the official
record concerning water resources, open space and land use issues.
These meetings, which are convened by local
governments, the Board of Supervisors, the Board of Directors
of the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Water Advisory Committee
(WAC), the Planning Commission, the Local Agency Formation Commission
(LAFCO) and other official organs, are the focal venues where
the water war is being fought. If you do not make
the record, you have no grounds for legal recourse.
4. O.W.L. fostered the creation of the Sebastopol Water Information
Group (SWiG). This project of the O.W.L. Foundation joined forces
with Sebastopol Mayor Linda Kelly and the entire City Council
to host a water forum that included speakers from SWiG, the
O.W.L. Foundation and the Department of Water Resources (DWR).
5. O.W.L.offers special presentations
on the state of Sonoma County's water supplies to community leaders
and officials, including County Supervisors. Supervisor Mike
Kerns has already benefited from
one of these one-hour presentations.
6. O.W.L. has been present at and testiified at numerous community
meetings, most notably the No Low Flow for the Russian River;
Stop the Casino 101; Action
Against the Casino; The Salmon Creek Watershed Day; Earth Day;
Sierra Club Water Forum, and
7. O.W.L. produces digital videos of many events on both
DVD and VHS tape.