How was the Russian River formed?

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How was the Russian River formed?

Formation of River and Valley Even before the flow of the Russian River was augmented by the diversion of hydroelectric runoff from the Eel River, it was formidable enough to push its way through the mountains being forced upward and eastward at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

What type of feature is the Russian River?

The Russian River is one of the most flood-prone rivers in California, routinely overflowing during wet years. As storm systems approach California, the wet bands of clouds are uplifted by the Coast Range, releasing precipitation first and most intensely on the coastal streams.

Why is it called Russian River Valley?

The river gets its current name from the Russians of the Russian American Company who settled in Fort Ross. The Russian trappers followed the paths of the Indians from the Pacific Ocean and came inland far enough to settle Sebastopol. Winegrowing in the Russian River Valley began with the Russian colonists.

What is the source of the Russian River?

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Can you swim in the Russian River?

The Russian River is clean and safe for swimming. The water is tested frequently to ensure its integrity. Beaches tend to be gravel, with some sandy areas. We recommend that you wear water shoes, which can be purchased inexpensively at several stores on Main Street in Guerneville.

Will the Russian River dry up?

The Russian River is running at very low flows amid the ongoing drought, but it likely would be dry or nearly so, were it not for human engineering. By comparison, the river’s west fork, unsupplemented, is shallow and still — and likely to go dry in stretches this season.

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Is the Russian River polluted?

Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma in the Russian River have been listed under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act for mercury pollution measured in fish tissue. Mercury, also called quicksilver, is a heavy metal and potent neurotoxin that is harmful to humans and wildlife.

What is Russian River famous for?

Russian River – Wikitravel. The Russian River is a summer resort and wine area in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties in Northern California, popular for canoeing, trout and salmon fishing, tubing, beach activities, and wine.

Where does Santa Rosa get its water?

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Santa Rosa’s primary source of water is from the Russian River supplied by the Sonoma Water (Sonoma County Water Agency).

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