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River Community Advocates

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

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2019-11-05Nov 5, 2019

Plastic, a man-made petrochemical product, can take thousands of years to decompose if at all. Meanwhile, we just keep making more of it. Over time, plastics break down into smaller and smaller particles, to the point where they are virtually invisible. These tiny plastic particles are commonly referred to as  “microplastics.”  So, what can we as individuals do about such an overwhelming and complex problem? Read about ten immediate actions you can take.

 

2019-09-22Sep 22, 2019

5th District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins called a meeting to gather neighbors negatively impacted by visitors to Russian River parks each summer. She invited Regional Parks director Bert Whitaker and his staff, Public Works director Johannes Hoevertsz, and our local CHP officers who patrol the Russian River corridor in weekends when the impact is greatest. Residents gathered at the Hollydale Club to listen to what is being done, and add their own ideas about what can and should be done to mitigate impacts.

2019-08-29Aug 29, 2019

A coalition of cities, counties, towns, and special districts that share the Russian River watershed have partnered to raise awareness about storm drains and their connection to the vitality of our local creeks. Many community members are unaware of the fact that the storm drains in our streets, go directly into local creeks, and ultimately flow into the Russian River. The campaign focuses on raising awareness about impacts to our watershed and water quality by educating residents about one essential fact — only rain should ever go down the storm drain. 

 

2019-08-24Aug 24, 2019

Under the supervision of a highly qualified and capable management team, Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) trains its corpsmembers to offer a wide range of services which profit and enrich the community.  Their Natural Resources division provides assistance with a variety of tasks including trail construction and maintenance, flood prevention, fire fuel reduction and habitat restoration; among many other services. They also operate a Zero Waste program which benefits the community by providing: 

 

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.

 

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