Friends of the Napa River support Measure A (RUL Expansion)

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

This is the text of a letter to the editor that the Napa Valley Register was unable to print because of late submission (before the November 4, 2014 elections.)

The board members of Friends of the Napa River (FONR) are frequently asked about our position regarding Napa Pipe and the coming vote for expanding the City of Napa’s Rural Urban Limit (RUL) — Measure A.
This vote is not for approval of any development plan or even the annexation of the area into the city. It only allows for the possible annexation if the City and the owners both agree to it. As such we feel that this is an appropriate step and support the measure. This will give the City of Napa jurisdiction over the planning and restraints placed on the development.
Should the measure pass, and if there is an application for annexation, FONR will continue to pursue the following recommendations and others to the City Planning Commission and the City Council in reviewing the proposed development:
In the first phase of development, there should be a complete public hiking trail linking existing elements of the River Trail south and north of the development, to be preserved in perpetuity by deed restriction. Also, in the first phase of development, there should be a fully developed public access to the river for launching non-motorized water craft.

Tim Yarish, Vice President, Friends of the Napa River

Thanks for attending the 20th anniversary celebration

October 22, 2014 Leave a comment
FONR is grateful to those who were able to join us on October 12th in celebrating our 20th Anniversary! Under clear blue skies and on a warm October Sunday, we were pleased to present the inaugural Jim Hench Memorial Award to three partners, recognizing their dedication to our organization and to the Napa River. Award recipients were: Napa County RCD (Conservation Partner); Harry Price (Business Sponsor); and Arvis Northrop (Volunteer).
If you were unable to attend, it is not too late to make a contribution to honor our 20th anniversary. Visit our PayPal link to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation today.

Jim Hench Memorial Award 2014

A special thank you to our event sponsors, The Napa General Store, and Saintsbury Winery, and to famed artist, Gordon Huether for designing the beautiful Jim Hench Memorial Award.

20th anniversary celebration on October 12th

September 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Please join Friends of the Napa River members,
supporters, and community partners for a
20th anniversary celebration on October 12th, 2-4pm
at the
Riverbend Performance Plaza
Historic Napa Mill,
500 Main St.

For details please click here to view the e-vite invitation.
If you did not receive the e-vite, it means we do not have your email address. We would love to include you when we send out e-vites for future events. Please send us your email address to Your personal information will never be traded or shared.

Bypass setbacks delay flood protection (NVR)

September 29, 2014 Leave a comment

From the Napa Valley Register:

Because of a series of delays, construction of the flood bypass channel isn’t progressing fast enough to provide the intended flood protection to central Napa this winter.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had planned to build an inlet at McKinstry Street this fall, allowing the new 1,300-foot channel to divert future flood waters safely around the bend in the river shaped like an oxbow.

That timetable has been undermined by soil problems at the inlet, preventing the general contractor, Nordic Industries, from sinking sheets of steel to form what is known as a cofferdam, Floyd Bolton, the Corps’ resident engineer, said Thursday.


Napa Flood Control Project needs promised federal funding

September 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Friends of the Napa River urge the authorities to fight for the completion of the Napa Flood Control Project. FONR supported the study and reviewed the findings. The project needs to be completed to protect Napa neighbors from flooding as promised when voting for Measure A.

From the Napa Valley Register:

Armed with data from a $415,000 engineering study, the local flood district will be trying to shake loose additional money from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep the flood project from shutting down.

Currently, the Corps intends to end the flood project next year when construction of the $12.5 million bypass channel bordering downtown Napa is finished.

If that happens, a large swath of the neighborhood near the river would still get wet in a major flood, contrary to the project goals that county voters approved in 1998 when they passed Measure A, a half-cent flood control sales tax.


Sad news: Darcy Ashton no longer with us.

September 20, 2014 1 comment

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that one of our beloved members of the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County (EECNC), Darcy Aston, has recently passed away.

Darcy was the representative of the Napa County Sanitation District in this coalition that includes Friends of the Napa River with the In-School Watershed Education Programs. (See the EECNC website for a complete member list.)

It is a shock to all that have known her. Many of us are still grappling with losing such a wonderful person.

Some of her colleagues got together last Thursday, September 18th at the Oxbow Market to toast Darcy and remember the wonderful contributions she has made to our community and environmental causes she was passionate about.

EECNC Darcy Ashton Remembered

River cleanup on September 20th: Volunteers needed!

September 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Volunteers needed for River cleanup on September 20th. Join FONR, the Napa RCD and members of our community as we come together to keep our Napa River clean!

Creek to Bay Cleanup Day – Napa Valley
Sep 20, 2014 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
California Coastal Cleanup Day is a statewide effort to clean trash and debris from California’s coast, bays, creeks, rivers, and lakes.  There are 9 sites in Napa County that are participating in trash pick-up. Click here to learn more!


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