Inflatable dam going up on the Russian River signals advance of warm weather months

14 June 2023

A sure sign of summer, unnoticed by most people, appeared on the Russian River this week, as the Sonoma County Water Agency began inflating its rubber dam near Wohler Bridge in Forestville.

The seasonal dam — a kind of long, skinny water balloon, according to one agency official — is part of the region’s water supply system. It is used to increase production on nearby wells to meet consumer demand during warm weather months.

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