Building Resilience: Drought & Flood in the Russian River Watershed

Watersheds are resilient when both humans and native species have reliable access to water during drought and when they recover quickly from flooding. At this event, we'll hear about the Copeland Creek Riparian Enhancement Project and its impact on groundwater recharge and flooding in the Santa Rosa Watershed, and Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) and its effect on managing water supplies for drought and flood. This is the first event in the 2021-22 North Bay Forward "Building Resilience" monthly speaker series, a year-long conversation to increase community collaboration on resilience to climate change. Watch recorded event here: Building Resilience: Drought & Flood in the Russian River Watershed, October 13, 2021

At each event, leaders working on local resilience projects describe current projects and we will follow with guided discussions among attendees about ways we can partner. Resilience can only be achieved through collaboration and authentic representation and throughout we will focus on ensuring that those of us most affected by climate change have a voice at the table. 


Moderated by Kristin Cushman, Co-founder & CEO, EcoShift Consulting

  • Mary Grace Pawson, Director of Development Services/City Engineer, City of Rohnert Park

  • Don Seymour, Principal Water Agency Engineer, Engineering Resource & Planning Division, Sonoma Water

This series is supported by the Center for Environmental Inquiry as part of Sonoma State University's President’s Climate Leadership Commitment. Sonoma State faculty and staff will discuss ways that SSU is interested in partnering to move us towards a more resilient future.

North Bay Forward is a collaborative initiative that harnesses the collective talent, vision, and experience of business, community, public sector and academic leaders to engage in the systemic change and collaboration needed to usher in a sustainable, resilient North Bay.


Join us at noon each second Wednesday of the month October 2021 - May 2022. At each event, leaders from our campus and community their work on local projects. Presentations are followed with a guided discussions among attendees about ways we can further collaborate. Our last event will be an in-person Resilience Integration Workshop - lunch provided. You are welcome to attend as many events in the series as you would like.

No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 14 and up. This event will be recorded for public posting.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

Please register for each event you plan to attend.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Contact Name
Kerry Wininger
Date & Time Registration Link
Wednesday, October, 13, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm