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Sonoma County Water Agency's Estuary Management Activities in Sonoma County, California (2022)


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Final Rule


NOAA Fisheries, upon request from the Sonoma County Water Agency, has issued regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to Russian River estuary management activities in Sonoma County, California, over the course of five years (2022-2027). These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization (LOA) for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.

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Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 04/21/2022