Entries by Sabrina

Our Invisible but Critical Water Source

You can’t see them. You can’t swim in them. But groundwater aquifers are one of the most important sources of water in the North Coast. Aquifers are water-rich underground areas. They aren’t like lakes or pools but are composed of water-filled areas between rocks, sands, and gravels. Plants and animals benefit from groundwater when it’s […]

Russian River-Friendly Landscaping Guidelines

Every landscape can have a beneficial impact on the Russian River and the surrounding environment. In 2010, the Russian River Watershed Association (RRWA) created a comprehensive toolbox of principles and practices to provide landscape professionals in the region with guidelines for protecting our environment, known as the Russian River-Friendly Landscape Guidelines (RRFLG): Landscape Locally Landscape […]

The Plant Invasion

Give them an inch and they’ll take an acre…as the California Invasive Pest Council says. There are a whopping 195 invasive plant species in Sonoma County. In the northwestern forest region which includes Mendocino County, 265 invasive species have been identified. An invasive plant species is non-native and aggressively out-competes native species! In other words, they […]

10 Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Season!

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25%! Increased food waste, shopping bags, gift packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons add an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. It doesn’t have to be this way. Make your holiday season as sustainable as possible by incorporating these 10 […]

Are You Rain Ready?

It’s autumn and time to prepare for the rainy season and winter. This time of year, is when we are thinking about raking up leaves, cleaning out rain-gutters, and undertaking some car maintenance like replacing wiper blades and changing the anti-freeze. But did you know you can also help protect our local creeks, communities and […]

Managing Trash and Reducing Litter

Do you like seeing trash and litter on our sidewalks, streets, yards, and waterways? We didn’t think so. Not only do our open spaces look better when they are clean and tidy, it contributes to a healthier environment. Trash and small debris pieces left in open areas may be carried by rainwater to storm drains. […]

Alternative Water Sources – Greywater Reuse

Traditionally, each step of the human water cycle – how we acquire, treat, use, treat again, and dispose of the water, was dealt with as discrete, isolated activities. Separate departments, divisions, and districts were created to handle each of these isolated activities. Unfortunately, this traditional recycled water paradigm sometimes also comes with a high-priced additional […]

Take the Russian River Watershed’s Temperature Day!

We all love our amazing 1,485 square mile watershed, its hundreds of miles of river and creeks sustaining our diverse ways of life. We also know our watershed may be feeling a little “under the weather”. So, like any concerned caregiver, we’d like to take its temperature. And we need your help!  We’d like everyone […]

Creek Week Volunteer Opportunities

Throughout the Russian River watershed, the third week of September is recognized as Creek Week. This year Creek Week is from September 15 to September 22. During Creek Week, creek, river and ocean clean-up campaigns will take place throughout Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. The Russian River watershed consists of over 150 creeks which provide water […]

Composting…Don’t throw it away, compost it!

There are vast benefits to composting, not only environmentally, but also personally within your home. Using compost in your home garden adds nitrogen, potassium, and micro‑nutrients such as manganese, iron, and zinc. These additions strengthen the structure of your soil, retains water in plant structure, prevents erosion, and is ideal for drainage. There are two […]