The number of drownings is down at the Russian River in recent years, and life jacket use is up.
Even in summer, the calm surface of the Russian River masks hidden hazards. This summer, the county parks department has expanded its River Patrol safety program at several popular beaches along the River’s lower reach. Independent producer Bruce Robinson reports.
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