Fire Recovery & Watershed Restoration

After a wildfire, there are several impacts to our watershed and natural resources such as erosion and debris flows and the proliferation of invasive plant species.  Wildfires can melt plastic pipe road culverts and leave many hazardous trees near roadways.  The County of Sonoma’s [...]

Russian River Watershed Cleanup Month

Join Russian Riverkeeper to clean up the Russian River Watershed during the month of September! This year, cleanups will take place throughout the Russian River Watershed each weekend of September. It’s easy to participate and we provide all the gloves, trash grabbers, and bags. [...]

Thank You for Sharing Your Voice!

Thank you to all those that submitted comment letters protesting the reduction of flows to the Russian River this summer! We appreciate the time and effort you put into helping us ensure the long-term protection of our river! As climate change affects our local [...]

A River Home for the Homeless

By Don McEnhill, Russian Riverkeeper My love for the Russian River has taken me places I never thought I’d go, like homeless camps. An estimated 1,148 people live in homeless camps along the Russian River — which flows south through Mendocino and Sonoma Counties [...]

Water Conservation Challenge

#SaveIt Challenge Here in California, we all know that we need to make water conservation a way of life.  Using less water makes sense for the environment and for our bank accounts. As climate change brings increasing periods of scorching heat, you can [...]

Action Alert: Your River Needs Water

Sonoma Water has slashed river flow to 50 cfs above Healdsburg and 60 cfs in the lower river. If river flow is cut that deeply, hot summer weather will likely trigger harmful algae blooms and recreation will come to a halt. We need to [...]

Mike Hauser Academy

We're proud to partner with the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce on its county-wide Mike Hauser Academy. The Mike Hauser Academy convenes students, businesses and teachers, empowering our future workforce to become leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This three-week summer school [...]

Macroinvertebrates Need Clean Water, Too!

The Russian River supports a great diversity of life including macroinvertebrates, which are just big enough to see without magnification and have no backbone. These tiny creatures live in the gravel and mud, also called benthic habitat, at the bottom of the river. They're [...]

Hanson Restoration Spring Update

This month, we worked with Clear Heart Drilling and Luhdorff Scalmanini Consulting Engineers to install new groundwater monitoring wells so we can gather data from up to 60 feet deep. Groundwater monitoring will ensure that the restoration doesn't impact drinking water supplies and will [...]