Uncharted Waters for the River This Summer

This past Sunday, while out on the River, we observed the clearest waters we can remember seeing in over 50 years. With 25+ feet of visibility, we could see the bottom of some of the deepest pools—from Geyserville to Healdsburg at Diggers Bend and [...]

Let’s Put the Clean Back into the Clean Water Act

In 1969, an oil slick on the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire – the thirteenth fire of its kind in the river’s history. But this time, the fire ignited a national movement to protect our environment. In response, Congress passed the Clean Water [...]

Tough News: Drought is Looming

The looming 2021 drought could be the worst yet, and serves as a textbook example of the urgent need for climate adaptation. Doing “business as usual” is what has put the upper Russian River at risk of going dry as water managers are failing [...]

New Statewide Winery Rules

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted its first statewide rules to manage waste from winemaking and protect California’s rivers and groundwater. Winery wastewater contains a number of harmful pollutants, including salts, bacteria, high strength biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), total suspended [...]

Looking Forward to 2021

Goodbye 2020, hello 2021! Feels so good to say that even if really it is just another day, in another month. Needless to say, 2020 was rough for all of us. Turns out though, it was not all bad as we were able to [...]

2020 in Review

Finally, 2020 is almost over and what a year it has been. The effects of COVID-19 have reached far and wide this year with unprecedented challenges felt by our local community, our businesses, our schools, and every possible aspect of our lives. Despite these [...]

Hope From the High Court

Some good news came from the Supreme Court of the United States last month when they published their opinion in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund and closed a significant Clean Water Act (CWA) loophole. The case involves a public wastewater reclamation facility that discharges [...]

Riverkeeper Keeps the Coast

One of the most striking things about our new shelter in place “normal” was our instant gut reaction to get outside. And now, our continuing desire to get outside once again. In none of our wildest dreams could we have imagined that one day [...]

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