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Firesmart Lake Sonoma Watershed Project

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Like you, our perspective on fire was forever changed in October 2017.  

In partnership, Ag Innovations and Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) organized a two-part workshop series called "FireSmart Lake Sonoma" about living with fire in the Lake Sonoma Watershed.  If a catastrophic fire were to occur in the Lake Sonoma Watershed, it could lead to contamination of the region’s drinking water supply, affecting over 600,000 residents. We are committed to working together on solutions to better protect your home and our primary regional water source.  Lake Sonoma watershed has three distinct communities, connected by major roadways and divided by the lake. With that in mind, we hosted a two-part workshop on reducing fire risk and increasing fire resiliency in the Lake Sonoma Watershed


  1. Ben Nichols, from CALFIRE, discusses how CalFire approaches defending homes and buildings in event of a wildfire - and how residents can be more prepared
  2. Video on Home Design and Retrofitting Techniques for Wildfire Defense 
  3. CalFire Prepare for Wildfire Website
  4. Sonoma County Forest Conservation Working Group - Resource for landowner workshops on managing forests and reducing woodland fire risk 
  5. Creating Wildfire Adapted Homes and Landscapes - Detailed informational guide from FireSAFE Sonoma
  6. FireSmart Community Workshop Resource Handout - Terminology and Resources for Creating Fire Adapted Communities from Sonoma Water and Ag Innovations



This project is a Resilient Community Pilot Project funded by PG&E Resilient Communities Better Together 2017 grant and the Sonoma County Water Agency

“Ag Innovations combines excellent facilitation and process design skills with in-depth knowledge of food and farming systems.”
Thad Bettner, Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District

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