Potter Valley Project Update

The Potter Valley Project, which diverts water from the Eel to the Russian River, was on track to be taken over by a group of five entities from both watersheds. The federal agency that licenses hydropower facilities recently denied a request from the group [...]

The River Needs Your Help!

The Russian River watershed is in severe drought and the hottest days of summer are still to come. Scant rainfall and alarmingly low reservoirs mean there simply isn't enough water to go around. The State Water Board is considering passing emergency measures to address [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Action Alert Coming Soon

In June, Sonoma Water announced that it is seeking to reduce 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 [...]

Conserve Water Today for Russian River’s Health

From May 29, 2020 Press Democrat Close to Home: For Russian River’s health, conserve water By Ed Burnett and Don McEnhill In the past four years, the Russian River watershed has endured catastrophic wildfires, a major flood, extreme drought and record heat. Each of [...]

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