THE RUSSIAN RIVER CONFLUENCE

March 24, 2017

Shone Farm, Forestville

 

What was the Russian River Confluence?

Presented by the County of Sonoma, Economic Development Board, Regional Parks, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Water Agency, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, LandPaths, Russian Riverkeeper, Dry Creek Rancheria, and The Story of Place Institute, the Russian River Confluence was a unique event which brought people from all areas of the watershed.  Together they envisioned the current state of the Russian River watershed and had a series of ‘beyond sustainability’ conversations andto tap the collective capacity of the Russian River Watershed community.

The Russian River Confluence engaged stakeholders in the watershed, encouraged storytelling and identified actions to promote a holistic approach to a vision of a One Watershed plan that ensures its resiliency and renewal.

 

Who Attended?

Federal, state and regional policy makers, representatives from Native American Tribal communities, water and wastewater service providers, non-profit organizations, students, residents interested in watershed health, resource conservation districts, business owners, farmers, landowners, artists, writers, musicians and story tellers.

The Russian River Confluence engaged stakeholders in the watershed, encouraged storytelling and identified actions to promote a holistic approach to a vision of a One Watershed plan that ensures its resiliency and renewal.

What Should be next?

Facilitated break out sessions identified many ideas around the future of the Russian River.  The document below is synthesis of the information gathered from the attendees and organized around some main themes.  The document can be enlarged to full screen for ease of reading.

TRIBUTARY EVENTS & RUSSIAN RIVER DESCENT

In addition to the Confluence Event in on March 24, 2017, a series of other Tributary Events are taking place throughout the spring and summer.

Complementing the Tributary Events was the 2016 Headwaters to Ocean Descent of the Russian River. The Descent was comprised of three continuous paddle explorations where regional leaders paddled, ate and slept along the length of the River on lands public and private. The Descent traversed over 100 miles of the Russian River, through the rugged beauty of Mendocino and pastoral Sonoma Counties. Expedition participants shared meals, swapped experiences, and took in the power of the River itself, building age-old comradery and “can do” among people and across ideologies through shared time and place.