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.
Friends of the Napa River (FONR) announced the hiring of Terri L. Miller of Sonoma, as the organization’s Executive Director. Miller, a veteran in the nonprofit sector, has worked as a senior staff member or consultant with several environmental organizations over her career, including Rainforest Action Network, Point Reyes Observatory, The Trust for Public Land, and The Nature Conservancy, to name a few.
“We are all very excited to have Terri on Board with us,” said FONR President, Bernhard Krevet. “Terri brings a wealth of expertise that we know will help take Friends of the Napa River to the next level. She is an effective leader and has a proven track record in fundraising, marketing, program development, and project management—all qualities we were seeking in an Executive Director.” When asked about her new position, Miller remarked, “ I am honored and excited to be leading such an incredible organization. FONR plays such a vital role in the community ensuring the protection of the Napa River and bringing together divergent stakeholders to address critical issues that could potentially impact the health of the watershed.”
Who is Friends of the Napa River?
Founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, FONR got its start leading a successful public education effort to promote a “living river” flood management and protection project in the Napa Valley. FONR was instrumental in the historic passage of Measure A by Napa voters in 1998, which led to the creation of the Napa Flood Protection and Watershed Improvement Expenditure Plan. Measure A includes specific approved projects and allows the funding of other projects to improve flood protection, water supply and the health of the watershed. This massive undertaking was the result of a truly innovative, collaborative process involving environmental, governmental, business, urban and agricultural interests. The “Living River Principles” are now being echoed in many communities around the world.
FONR is a diverse community group whose mission is to be the community’s voice for the responsible protection, restoration, development and celebration of the Napa River and its watershed.
Friends of the Napa River are excited to be beneficiary of a bake sale by a group of 5th graders at the River School! After receiving several emails like this:
My name is Juliette and I’m doing a school project with my group, Olivia, Amelia, Alisah, and Zach. We are going to try to find some way to help you guys out and support your group. We are trying to decide what we can do to help you guys. Reply to us ASAP and if you have any ideas please tell us.
… we updated the teacher about materials available through our “In-School Watershed Education Program.” The proceeds of the bake sale (over $100) are much appreciated and will be used for this program. Even more thrilling is the interest the students have taken in the study and understanding of our natural environment. Thank you all!
For all interested boaters, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 52 will be out at the Main Street Boat Dock this Saturday, May 10th from 10am-12pm. They will distribute information and offer public outreach on boating. Activities will include the distribution of boating safety information and clean boating literature.
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