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River Community Advocates represents concerned citizens in the Lower Russian River area, Sonoma County, CA. CONTACT:Jennifer Wertz

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2019-07-28Jul 28, 2019

Some of the main categories of water quality impacts can include chemicals, bacteria, sediment, and temperature. Rain water that lands on our rooftops, driveways and streets ultimately reach our tributary creeks, river and ocean, carrying with it remnants of the long journey. LID is a planning and design strategy used to reduce potentially harmful impacts on water associated with increased stormwater runoff from construction. LID uses an innovative technique to imitate how water would flow  prior to the constructed development. 

2019-07-15Jul 15, 2019

On June 20th, the Lower Russian River MAC (Municipal Advisory Council) met at the Guerneville Veteran’s Hall to listen to reports on Crime by Sheriff Mark Essick, and to get an update on the State’s mandate to clean up our cesspools, septic systems and all ways in which human waste gets into the Russian River. Scary stuff! NEXT - in AUGUST - there will be a JOINT meeting of the Coastal MAC and the Lower River MAC with State Senator Mike McGuire. He will bring people up to date on issues at the state level that impact Sonoma County. The NEXT MAC meeting will be the COAST Mac meeting July 17th in case you want to attend.

 

2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019

Pie baking contest judged by local celebrities including Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and Sherrif Mark Essick. Download entry form. See official rules. Drop off entry forms at Russian River Senior Center or e-mail to  Emily.heinzelman@westcountyservices.org  no later than 3:00 p.m. June 14.

2019-04-30Apr 30, 2019

West County Health Centers is hosting a one-day workshop in late May to develop collective understanding and narratives around the topic of community opioid addiction. The process will be engaging and highly interactive with a goal of creating a shared understanding of the underlying forces, and specific areas of potential impact.

2019-04-30Apr 30, 2019

There has been a lot of advice on how to landscape our homes to keep wildfires away (including this column). However, a critical lesson sometimes gets overlooked; our homes are also fuel for a wildfire. Wildfires are not limited to wildland. All too often, once a wildfire reaches a neighborhood, it is the homes in that neighborhood that provide the fuel. Fire Safe landscaping must start with your home.   

2019-03-29Mar 29, 2019

Have you ever opened your medicine cabinet, picked up a bottle, and realized it has been expired for years or that you had more than you would ever need? A survey in Los Angeles County found that 59% of respondents had medications in their homes that were expired or no longer needed, with 45% of these people not knowing what to do with them. In California there are approximately 9.2 retail prescriptions written per year per person. This makes a whopping 359 million prescriptions a year! That’s a lot of medications that may be sitting in homes, or are being dumped into landfills, or flushed into our water resources. When flushed down the drain, some medications are not completely removed by certain kinds of wastewater treatment plants. Proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals helps protect the environment and keeps the medications out of the wrong hands. 

 

2019-03-23Mar 23, 2019

The Russian River Chamber of Commerce and local business owners have joined together to announce that the high water has receded and the community is open for business. Using the hashtag   #bettertogether  the business community is encouraging visitors to come, stay, and play in the Russian River area. Community members are also encouraged to get out, support their neighboring businesses, and continue to shop locally.

2019-03-21Mar 21, 2019

Residents have one extra weekend, until Sunday, March 24th, to place the flood-related debris on their curbside. Crews will carry a final sweep from March 25th - 29th, 2019. Illegal dumping enforcement will begin during that same week after the streets have been cleared from debris. Anyone who tosses debris on the curbside after the street has been cleaned by crews, as part of their final sweep, will be subject to fines.

2019-03-14Mar 14, 2019

IMPORTANT on residential debris removal:

1) Our LAST hazardous debris drop-off will be this Saturday, March 23rd at Sunset Beach parking lot from 8am to 4pm.
 
 
2) 
Due to requests from residents for additional time to clean out their houses, we have extended the curbside debris removal program. Rather than launching the second sweep this week, we will be launching the second sweep Monday, March 25.

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