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The Russian River Watershed Association is a coalition of eleven cities, counties and special districts in the Russian River Watershed that have come together to coordinate regional programs for clean water, fisheries restoration and watershed enhancement. The Association works to promote cooperation and implementation of projects that protect watershed resources, restore fisheries and improve water quality at reduced cost to our member agencies and communities they serve.
The Russian River watershed is a rich and diverse region of nearly 1500 square miles of forests, agricultural lands and urban lands in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. The mainstem of the Russian River flows 110 miles from its headwaters near Redwood Valley and Potter Valley to the Pacific Ocean near Jenner. The watershed is home to approximately 360,000 people, 150 streams and creeks, and about 30 species of fish - three of which are listed as threatened or endangered, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon and Steelhead trout.
The Russian River Watershed Association was formed in 2003 to create opportunities for our member agencies to expand their stewardship role in the watershed.