Summer Notes from the Field

It's been a while since you've heard from us. We've been busy!   Our season of fire recovery work came to a close in early April. We are so grateful we had the opportunity to help our community and watershed heal from [...]

Cultivating the #Saveit Mindset

From Don McEnhill, Executive Director I remember the 1976-77 drought as if it was a year ago. My Dad set up five 55-gallon drums on stands outside the laundry room and we pumped water to the bathrooms through holes drilled in the roof to [...]

Sponsor the Russian River Watershed Cleanup

Russian Riverkeeper is pleased to announce the exciting plans we have in store for the 35th annual Russian River Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, September 18th 2021. We’re looking forward to gathering again with you to show the river some love after last year’s Covid-caused [...]

No Time – or Water – to Waste

The “new normal” is a phrase we have heard a lot since COVID lockdowns started over a year ago. Now it is time to repurpose that phrase for the next crisis we are facing in our watershed—drought. Historically, California has been known for its [...]

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 [...]

Water Conservation Tips

Our last newsletter shared the tough news that drought is, once again, looming in our watershed. One supporter sent us a note about how she plans to to do her part to conserve water. We've printed it below anonymously with her permission. Let us [...]

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 [...]

Walbridge & Glass Fire Recovery Efforts

After the Walbridge and Glass Fires devastated our community last year, we quickly assembled a skilled 5-person crew to help properties recover and to protect the Russian River Watershed from toxic runoff. So far, we've accomplished the following: 64 properties helped 12 creeks protected [...]

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