In 2013, Sonoma County Regional Parks launched a targeted program to address the tragic drownings and near-drownings along the Russian River. After five seasons with increasing visibility in the community and growing support from donors like you, the Water Safety Patrol has proven to reduce the risk of deaths by drowning in the Russian River.
Last summer, the Water Safety Patrol made 8 rescues and had nearly 18,000 safety contacts with the public, including over 6,000 in Spanish.
Our loaner lifejacket program provided over 3,000
free lifejackets to children and other vulnerable swimmers.