Don McEnhill, Riverkeeper and Executive Director

Don McEnhill grew up on the Russian River while spending his summers at his family’s cabin on Fitch Mountain where he formed a lifelong bond with the River. With his business background, he effectively works with citizen groups, businesses, property owners and government agencies to safeguard our most important community resource.  He has researched and advocated on water quality issues, developed our education programs and Riverkeeper Stewardship Park, while managing our growing organization since 2001. Don is an avid bicyclist, white water paddler and most enjoys playing on the River with his kids!

Canoe, Kayak, StandUp Paddleboards

Bob Legge, Policy Director

Bob is a Northern California native. He grew up spending his summers paddling on the Russian River. An outdoor enthusiast, he loves backpacking, bicycling, trial running and has an affinity for aquatic ecosystems. A graduate of Sonoma State University who received a Bachelors of Science in the Water Program under Steve Norwick, Bob spent over six years monitoring North Coast Rivers and their tributaries for the local State Water Resources Control Board in Santa Rosa.
Bob gained many certificates and licenses over the last few years. He is proficient with GIS, a Qualified Stormwater Practitioner (QSP), a Bioassessment Practitioner, a Drinking Water Treatment Operator (T2) as well as a Water Distribution Operator (D2). “If it has anything to do with water, I have a passion for learning everything I can about it” is Bob’s mantra. He looks forward to applying all his skills toward fulfilling the mission of the Russian Riverkeeper and directing policy toward protecting the Russian River Watershed for all its inhabitants now and forever. Bob can be reached at

Birkin Newell, Education & Restoration Director

Birkin Newell developed a love of nature from growing up in Modjeska Canyon, nestled in the Santa Ana Mountains of Southern California.  After completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aquatic Biology from U.C. Santa Barbara, he has built a career around the outdoors.  He has worked as a naturalist for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the YMCA Point Bonita Outdoor Center, and Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, where he managed a nature preserve.  Habitat restoration and natural resources management have also been a career focus, working for the U.S. Forest Service, UCSB’s Museum of Systematics and Ecology, the Sonoma County Water Agency, and Audubon Canyon Ranch.  He lives on a farm outside of Cotati and enjoys hiking with his family, playing music, surfing, fishing, and mountain biking. Birkin can be reached at


Anastasia Hammond, Field Coordinator

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee. Anastasia has a background in retail wine sales as former co-owner of Buster’s Liquor and Wines. She recently moved to Sonoma County and has made Guerneville her home. Anastasia coordinates some of the grant writing for Clean River Alliance based in the lower Russian River. Living along the river Anastasia values her work with Russian Riverkeeper and is committed to protecting the river forever. She is a certified California Naturalist through the University of California Naturalist Program.  Anastasia can be reached at

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