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!

Napa earthquake triggers water flow in river and local creeks

September 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Surprise bonanza since Napa quake: Dry creeks now flowing:Spring water spurts out of rocks and trickles down the moss- and vine-covered cliffs in Solano County’s Green Valley – an oasis in a canyon that was parched by drought only two weeks ago.  That was before Napa’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake.  It turns out that the earth’s mighty shifting – which caused about $400 million in damage to Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties – also mysteriously forced groundwater to the surface and into several dry or nearly dry creeks and streams in the region. … ”  Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle here:  Surprise bonanza since Napa quake: Dry creeks now flowing  See also: Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown groundwater, from the Sacramento Bee

Also: From the Napa Valley Register


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