Educational Resources

Floods in California – A Fact Sheet

Russian River Watershed Background
The Russian River watershed drains an area of approximately 1,485 square miles with the 100-mile main stem channel flowing southerly from the Laughlin Range about 15 miles north of Ukiah, and flowing south-southeast until Forestville, where it abruptly bends southwest, crosses the coast range, and drains into the Pacific Ocean near the town of Jenner.

Russian Riverkeeper YouTube Channel
Find videos for “Farming for Mother Nature” with Paul Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farms, “Return to Dry Farming”, Watershed Kids”, “#saveit” water conservation video, Gravel Mining video and more. You can even link to Waterkeeper Alliance videos on a variety of subjects, check it out at link above!

Lower Russian River Exploration
A KQED QUEST multimedia series exploring Northern California science, Environment, and Nature. This particular exploration is of the lower Russian River area.

A Stewardship Guide for Property Owners

Instructional Materials for Teachers from the Sonoma County Water Agency
Each year, the Sonoma County Water Agency’s Water Education Program reaches thousands of students with lessons and materials on water conservation and stewardship of our local watersheds. This comprehensive regional program incorporates teacher workshops, curriculum materials, contests, assemblies, student incentives, classroom presentations, and field trips. Materials are only available to teachers that fall within our service area in Sonoma and Northern Marin counties in California, as these water providers fund the Water Education Program. Free materials!

The Story of Stuff Project
The Story of Stuff Project’s mission is to build a strong, diverse, decentralized, cross-sector movement to transform systems of production and consumption to serve ecological sustainability and social wellbeing. Our goals are to amplify public discourse on a diverse set of sustainability issues and to facilitate the growing Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world. Watch the video on YouTube.

Water Education Foundation
The Water Education Foundation offers a variety of programs to teach our California students, our future voters and leaders, about one of the most critical issues – water. The programs teach students about the history, geography and science of water. Students also learn about the difficult political and policy decisions surrounding this complex issue.

UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
The Center for Watershed Sciences, a unit of the John Muir Institute of the Environment, is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of critical issues in watershed science — with a focus on the sustainable and cost-effective restoration and management of stream, lake and estuarine ecosystems.

Water Conservation Resources
About 75 percent of our planet is water. But the vast amount of that 75 percent is salt water from our oceans, which can’t be consumed, used for washing, or for feeding animals or vegetation. Another huge amount of that water is permanently frozen on the planet’s North and South poles. What that leaves for human consumption is about 1 percent of the Earth’s water. On this site, find statistics on water usage in various geographic areas. Also here are stats on which area of the average household typically uses the most water. See information on the water cycle and how it affects all forms of life. Finally, there is an abundance of tips here for homeowners who want to actively conserve water and use it more efficiently. (Thanks to Bella at Westwood Youth Group for sending us this!)

Water Conservation- The 25 Best Ways to Conserve Water
While we cannot control our static fresh water supply, we can control how much water we use on a daily basis. The United States is a major consumer and waster of water; in the US, the average person uses up to 152 gallons of water per day. Compare this to only 39 gallons used per day in the UK, 23 gallons per day in China, and 4 gallons per day in Ethiopia, and you will see that we have a serious problem on our hands. (Thanks to Green Teens Club for sending us this info!)

NASA Climate Kids
An online educational site operated by NASA with some great material on fresh water concepts.

Water Conservation at Home for Kids
Knowing about conserving water is important because it teaches us how to take care of the resources we have so that our families will always have water to drink. Let’s learn more about how we can do this! (Thanks to Mary & Susan for this link!)

Dry Farming & Sustainable Farming

A Return to Dry Farming
A video by Kate Wilson, produced by Russian Riverkeeper. Until the 1960 and 70’s, all grapes were dry farmed in Sonoma County. It’s something a few vintners are returning to, driven by factors ranging from concerns over dwindling water supplies, the belief it produces more intensely flavored fruit, or to forge a link with old traditions.

The Drought Fighter: Singing Frogs Farm
Could a controversial farmer in Sebastopol, CA have found the most effective way to grow food in a warming world?

California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative: Dry farming
Dry farming refers to crop production during a dry season, utilizing the residual moisture in the soil from the rainy season, usually in a region that receives 20” or more of annual rainfall. This site explains the concept, its benefits, and provides several case studies including farms and a winery. There is also a list of resources.

Nature Tours
A great site to find and explore trails in your area.

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