Frequently Asked Questions

In this page/s we answer questions asked by our membership and others. If you have a question that we have not answered here, please contact us.

Our next meeting:
Thurs. Sept. 7th,
7 pm.
St. Anselm School
Molinari Room


  • Why did the FMLRV form? Who are its members?

    The FMLRV was formed quickly after the flash flood of December 31, 2005. Its members are made up of residents and businesses from the towns of Fairfax, Ross, San Anselmo, and Kentfield who want to do something to mitigate the threat of flood in the Ross Valley.
  • What are the objectives of the FMLRV?

    To work for the development of effective flood control systems and infrastructure by ensuring that our town, county, state governments and federal agencies take steps to mitigate flooding in the Ross Valley. To keep residents and businesses informed about the progress our governmental and elected officials are making toward mitigating and solving flooding in the Ross Valley.

    To educate and inform the public regarding the prevention, mitigation, dangers, of flooding and its environmental and infrastructural causes.
  • Can anyone join the league?

    Yes. All we ask is that you have an interest in solving the flooding problems in the Ross Valley, that you stay informed, and wish to keep pressure on our elected officials to come up with workable solutions. We have no plans to accept excuses for why the problem cannot be mitigated if not solved. Any FMLRV director can assist you with joining.
  • Does the FMLRV need volunteer help? I may want to volunteer.

    The FMLRV needs volunteers and members. Examples of the type of help needed include:
    • Getting the word out locally about our organization.
    • Researching and reporting on local flooding issues in your neighborhood.
    • Attending and reporting on local town councils, planning committees, etc.
    • Technical and content support for our website.

To learn how to get involved, talk or email any FMLRV member or director or attend one of our regular meetings.
Or, visit the "Volunteer" link from the nav bar on this page.

  • Is there a membership fee for joining? If so, how are the fees used?

    A non-tax-deductible fee of $30 is voluntary for anyone who wishes to join the FMLRV. The fee is used to help us pay our expenses to communicate to our members and community at large. Example expenses include: incorporation of the FMLRV, website hosting, printing, copying, postage expenses, public relations, fund-raising and community outreach efforts, such as our activities at the San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival. Donations can be sent to:
    Flood Mitigation League of Ross Valley
    PO Box 2845
    San Anselmo, CA 94979

  • What is the FMLRV position on development in the Ross Valley?

    We promote and encourage responsible development in the Ross Valley. We are not anti-development. The FMLRV believes that proper and well thought out development can help solve some of our infrastructure and fiscal problems. Developments with no consideration or apparent effort to minimize or help solve the valley’s current drainage and creek capacity issues will be urgently reviewed and assessed for their impact on the environment. Developments which seek to help our flooding issues will be greatly encouraged.
  • What are the results of the FMLRV efforts to date?

    The FMLRV has incorporated as a 501(c) (4) corporation. We have 40 members, and a growing email distribution list of approximately 100. We meet regularly in a public forum at least once a month at St. Anselm’s School to discuss updates on initiatives, to share new information, and discuss next steps, strategies, and positions on issues. Contact a Director for our next regular meeting. Use the link on navigation at left: "Contact Us."

    We have met frequently and continue to have a dialogue with Marin Supervisor Hal Brown who is aware of our mission and growing political base.

    We publish meeting minutes to record our activities, and decisions. Our directors and members regularly attend council and planning meetings at each of the Ross Valley towns to keep abreast of issues related to the valley’s flooding problems. They report on our governmental agencies progress and efforts and planning in each town.

    Ultimately, we act as the eyes, ears, and voice of our membership and those who want a solution to flooding. We observe, record and where necessary advocate for swift planning and effective solutions for flooding. We have gone on record with concerns about new projects that would create more run-off to our drainage infrastructure. We have encouraged planning departments to consider a water run-off management ordinance and to toughen standards for water retention on sites where new development/redevelopment is proposed.


  • What progress have the County and Towns made in working to solve flooding? 7/06

    The County's website: provides information on efforts the County is taking to study and find short, medium, and long-term solutions to flooding. The site reports County activities to coordinate the efforts of other agencies. So far we are pleased with the effort, but vigilance is required to ensure it stays on track through to completion. Some of us have been here before. After the 1982 event, many thought the problem had been corrected or adequately addressed, only to find that effective planning and solutions were never implemented.

    One of the most important steps for planning flood mitigation is the need for an accurate and updated hydraulic model for Ross Valley Flooding. The County hopes to complete its first model by this fall/winter. But, the model needs accurate data on the ‘05 and ‘82 events. The FMLRV has offered to try and assist in getting this data and we hope to launch an effort in July. We would sign up volunteers, train them with the help of engineers and the County, and mark high water levels throughout the Valley. This is critically important information and vital to the effort to produce an accurate model. It is also one of the first and most important steps in planning for a truly effective solution to mitigating flood damage.
  • I recently heard about a proposed development at the old Marin Town and Country Club. Where does that stand?

    The developer and owner of the site wanted to purchase property from the Town of Fairfax to improve access to the property as well as gain approval to build 20 luxury homes, apartments, and a 67,000 square foot gymnasium.

    Over 100 people attended a Town meeting as the project is unpopular. We sought to raise concerns about the creation of impermeable surfaces with no apparent plans for water retention.
  • What is being done to help mitigate flooding for the 2006-07 Winter?

    Some cleaning of the creek, tree removal, brush abatement and bank work will be done this year. This is not enough to fix the problem. However, if rainfall is not as much, incidental smaller events might be mitigated somewhat. At the same time, every bit helps. The larger, greater fix involves removing and/or raising bridges or buildings, rebank stabilization, storm drain work, eliminating choke and constriction points, and of course all the dollars to pay for it. It looks like an intensive effort will be needed before such major projects can be funded and started.
  • Do you have any statistical info as to the number of houses affected during the flood?

    It has proven difficult to pinpoint exact numbers as many business and homeowners did not have insurance or report their damages. However an estimate of 1,600 homes, 250 businesses, 135 governmental offices is, we believe, a fair approximation at this point. We will likely never truly know the exact number and cost. Of course, this does not even begin to address the human and opportunity costs associated with such an event.



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