For Immediate Release

County Russian River Confluence kicks off revitalization project aimed at improving health of river communities, environment

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 6, 2021  –  The County of Sonoma, in collaboration with the Russian River Confluence, will be launching the Russian River Revitalization project this summer to improve the health of the Russian River. The campaign will engage businesses, residents and visitors in stewardship of the river as a critical resource. The project’s mission is to create a unified identity and platform to better communicate regional pride and advance solutions to the environmental challenges threatening the Russian River.

“This project is long overdue,” said Lynda Hopkins, Sonoma County Supervisor. “Floods, fires and now the drought have caused enormous challenges to our local businesses and the health of our river. Sonoma County is determined to provide all the support possible to support the vitality of this delicate resource.”

Local agency Catch Creative has been tapped to help strategize and develop the materials needed to inspire stewardship and engagement. Catch Creative has extensive experience creating identities and supporting brands and organizations on the national and local level. Their experience includes working with local conservations agencies such as Ag + Open Space District and Sonoma Land Trust.

The project will be developed in collaboration with more than 22 organizations involved in the Russian River Confluence including Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma County Economic Development Board, business leaders and others from the River community. Stakeholder meetings will be scheduled in the coming months for research and public input.

For more information, please contact County of Sonoma District 5 Field Representative Elise Weiland at (707) 565-2866 or Elise.Weiland@sonoma-county.org, and District 4 Field Representative Jennifer Mendoza at (707)565-2865 or Jennifer.Mendoza@sonoma-county.org.

Media Contact: Dan Virkstis publicaffairs@sonoma-county.org (707) 565-3040 575 Administration Drive, Suite 104A Santa Rosa, CA 95403

About Russian River Confluence The Russian River Confluence is a collaboration of partners engaged in the health and resiliency of the Russian River Watershed and the communities that depend on it. Initially launched in 2017, the organization brought together stakeholders for a series of “beyond sustainability” conversations and to tap the collective capacity of the Russian River Watershed community. After a promising start, the leadership needed to focus on fires, flood and the pandemic, yet the vision of One Watershed never dimmed and has been re-booted in 2021.

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