Chris Brokate

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I have been volunteering in my community since I was a teenager and believe in giving back to the community in which I live in, at age 16 I became a vol. Fire fighter and did so for off and on for over 16 years until falling and hurting myself in 2004. In my early 20’s I volunteered for the Cetacean Society and taught classes on Grey Whales and lead whale watching tours out of Newport Beach for 3years, I also raised money for Orange County fund for environmental defense and Audobon’s Star Ranch. I have also spoken in front of the California Coastal Commission twice about environmental issues facing California's coast and in 2005 became good friends with Peter Douglas director of the California Coastal Commission until his passing in 2012.  When I lived on the Smith River in northern California  for almost 5 years I Volunteered at the Marine mammal center in Crescent City and took care of Marine mammals while I was there, I also did fish counts for Smith River Alliance and bird counts in the Tollawa dunes at the mouth of the Smith River.

After moving the Russian river in 2009 I started volunteering for Russian Riverkeeper and have worked on many projects for them. In 2010 was awarded Volunteer of the Year. I have also volunteered has an Ambassador for the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce and belong to the Russian River and Forestville Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma County Green Business program and GO LOCAL.

In 1990 I started my own cleaning business and have been a green janitor for over 25 years and in 2013 I had my business Green Certified by Sonoma County's Green Business Program and the same year was awarded Green Business of the Year from the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce.

I have always cared about river and ocean where I live. In late 2014 I noticed the devastating effects of all the trash coming down the river after heavy rain and entering the estuary and going out into the ocean. As a result, I started my first beach clean up event and started thinking about ways we could prevent and clean up the river more often. With the help of a couple of friends I have started Clean River Alliance. Our mission is:

TO REMOVE TRASH FROM THE RUSSIAN RIVER WATERSHED AND TO EDUCATE CITIZENS ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF RIVER TRASH IN OUR WATERS BY CREATING MORE PUBLIC RIVER CLEAN UP EVENTS.

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CHRIS BROKATE