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The Russian River

Community First is the North Bay’s financial Good Guy.

As a Good Guy, we like helping fellow Good Guys. Organizations that are making the North Bay a better place to live, work and play.

We help them by rolling up our sleeves and volunteering. We also showcase their good work on the CFCU web site to bring additional awareness to their efforts. In the past we’ve featured Social Advocates for Youth, Dry and Organic Famers, 4-H and Future Farmers of America …

Our current crop of photos is from Russian Riverkeeper.

Since 1993, Russian Riverkeeper has dedicated itself to conservation and protection of the River’s main stem, tributaries and watershed through public education, citizen action and scientific research. It now has a full-time Riverkeeper with a boat to closely monitor the North Bay’s most precious natural resource.

There is a direct Community First connection to Russian Riverkeeper. Employees of this financial cooperative comprise one-fifth of its 10-person Board.  Russ Anger, Vice President of Lending, and Beth Rudometkin, Real Estate Loan Officer who lives near the Russian River in Guerneville, joined the Russian Riverkeeper Board this spring.

In the throes of a four-year drought, it has never been more imperative to understand how to restore and care for the Russian River.

What can you do to help? Conserve water, landscape with native plants, and keep trash and pollutants out of gutters …

To learn more about Russian Riverkeeper, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, go to its website: Russian Riverkeeper.

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