The Russian River Confluence is a unique event intended to engage the region's stakeholders, encourage storytelling and identify actions to promote a holistic, 'beyond sustainability' approach to the watershed that ensures its resiliency and renewal.

We invite you to join us for a day full of inspiring and thoughtful discussion!

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March 24, 2017

Shone Farm, Forestville

Schedule At-A-Glance:

7:45 - 8:45 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast, Making Connections

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Tribal Leader Welcome and Opening

  • Lorraine Laiwa, Executive Director - Indian Child and Family Preservation Program
  • Liz Elgin DeRouen, Board Secretary - Ya-Ka-Ama Indian Education and Development, Inc.

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Confluence Overview: How We Got Here

  • Confluence Purpose and One Watershed Vision - Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Opening Plenary

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
20x20 Ignite Talks: What Is (celebrating and honoring watershed accomplishments, successes)

  • Better Living Through Data - Karen Gaffney, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District
  • A Fish Runs Through It - David Manning, Sonoma County Water Agency
  • Building Community and Resilience During Difficult Times - Penny Sirota, Friends of Mark West Watershed
  • Farming the ARTS Sustainably - Margo Warnecke Merck, Warnecke Ranch and Vineyards & Chalk Hill Artist Residence

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.
Making Connections Break

10:50 - 11:50 p.m.
Engaging What Is

11:50 - 12:00 p.m.
The Russian River Foodshed: Ceres Community Project and The Geographer’s Kitchen

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunchtime Campfire: Headwaters to Ocean Descent

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
20x20 Ignite Talks: What Can Be (looking ahead to the potential, partnerships and next big ideas)

  • Net Positive Wine Country - Elizabeth Drake, Fetzer Vineyards
  • Re-Story the Russian River! A Prologue to the Future - Melanie Parker, Sonoma County Regional Parks
  • Our River - Omar Gallardo, LandPaths
  • How Green is Green Valley - Joy Sterling, Iron Horse Vineyards
  • Delicate Pink Pearls - Chelle Servais, Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Engaging What Can Be

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Opportunities to Engage: Continuing the Conversation

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Taste of the Russian River Watershed Reception with Cahoots
Please join us in conversation over a diverse sampling of organic, sustainably grown food and beverage sourced from throughout the Russian River watershed while enjoying live music from Sonoma County’s own Roots American Band, Cahoots!