• Dry Winters and Droughts

    While we’re very hopeful that rains forecast for later this week actually happen, 90-day models are suggesting a very dry winter compared to last year. Is it too early to be thinking of conserving water and preparing for a drought? When we look at the reality of ...

  • Kincade Fire Recovery

    Although it’s no consolation to people in our community who lost their homes, the Kincade Fire was very different and less destructive than the 2017 fires. Firefighters and fire experts confirm our observations that it was a fast-moving wind-driven fire. This will mean a lower impact on water quality and vegetation regrowth after the fire.

  • Bioswales Do More Than Clean Water

    Riverkeeper recently collaborated with the owners of Johnson’s Beach to design and build a new bioswale that will clean up polluted stormwater runoff from busy downtown Guerneville streets before running into the Russian River. Due to heavy traffic on Hwy 116/ River Road, Guerneville has shown very high levels of dissolved metals in street runoff. ...

  • Russian Riverkeeper & Mike Hauser Academy

    Russian Riverkeeper has teamed with Mike Hauser Academy to convene students, businesses and teachers, to empower our future workforce to become leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The goal of the program with Russian Riverkeeper is for students to draw conclusions between the importance of studying STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) and the ...

  • PG&E’s Potter Valley Project Abandonment & RR Water Diversion

    PG&E’s announcement in January that they would abandon the Potter Valley Project hydroelectric facility that diverts water to the Russian River has set off a frenzy of activity in both watersheds. Many residents have no idea that much of the summer and fall upper river is sustained by the diversion from the Eel River that ...

  • Polluted Gravel Pit Breached during Flood

    UPDATE – August 20, 2019

    Since our last story in June our leaders at Permit Sonoma (was PRMD) and Syar Industries have been very busy working on solutions andrequired permitting to address the breach. Permit Sonoma pulled together an Interagency Task Force meeting to discuss possible solutions and constraints. They quickly concluded that a repair of ...

  • “Stream Buffers 101”, Stormwater, January 2017

    “Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of development, construction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality.”

    Tom Hegemier’s article in January’s Stormwater outlines how stream buffers are important to the future of pollution management.

    Read the full article here: ...

  • “A Watershed View of Problems and Opportunities for the Russian River”, Sonoma Gazette, January 2017

    Don McEnhill, Executive Director of Russian Riverkeeper, explains what the single biggest problem with the Russian River is:  a complete disconnection
    of our River from its former floodplains from Ukiah to Jenner.    Read the full article here:  Watershed View of Russian River Problems

  • Sonoma West Times And News: Russian River descent tour to conclude with public ‘splash mob’

    As Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore wraps up his trip with nonprofits LandPaths and Russian Riverkeeper, he’s seeing a big turnout already signed up to join the ‘Splash Mob” this weekend.

    According to LandPaths Executive Director Craig Anderson, as many as 100 people are already registered to join the final event of the Head Waters ...

  • SCWA Press Release: “Low Flow” Draft EIR comment period extended, and adds two public hearing dates!!

    (Santa Rosa, CA) – Today, the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors (Board) extended to 180 days the public review and comment period for the Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). The Board also added two hearing dates on the Fish Flow Project, on November ...