I recently signed a petition to prevent the City of Santa Rosa from discharging even MORE of their "processed waste water" (i.e. "sewage") into the Russian River from Steelhead Beach in Forestville, & recommend that you do the same. To sign this petition, please visit Coffee Bazaar on Armstrong Woods Road in Downtown Guerneville, or visit the Web site at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/savesteelheadbeach/ & fill out your information online.
After all ... if the waste-water is as clean & compliant with the Federal Clean Water Act as the folks in Santa Rosa claim, then they should have no qualms about doing what folks do in water-starved San Diego: Recycle their processed sludge into drinking water & pump it back into their water supply.
Speaking of water issues, after two summers of "low-flow" out here on the River & the resulting algae blooms & outright revulsion from local residents & tourists alike, I'm REALLY starting to resent all the lush, green expanses of lawns I so frequently see while driving through Santa Rosa. The cleanliness & ecological health of the Russian River -- a public resource -- should certainly take precedence over the poor landscaping choices of individual property owners when it comes to water management.