PRESS RELEASE: Friends of the Napa River Hires New Executive Director

June 9, 2014 Leave a comment


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.


Wildlife Volunteers at Napa’s River School donate time and money

June 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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.
our group

… 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!Image

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 52 will be out at the Main Street Boat Dock

May 7, 2014 Leave a comment

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.

Dave Perazzo | Parks, Trees & Facilities Manager

City of Napa | Parks and Recreation Services |1850 Soscol Ave, Suite 201 | Napa, CA  94559

(707.257.9234 |7707.257.9532| *

Our River — May 15, 6:30pm, Napa Library

April 23, 2014 Leave a comment

General Meeting

Thursday May 15, 6:30PM
Napa Library

“Our River”ourriver

Come learn the story of the Napa River and about its current health. Find out how we can protect and enjoy it.  Discover paddling destinations and fishing hot spots.

Jonathan Koehler of the Resource Conservation District, Bernhard Krevet of Friends of the Napa River, Laurie Aboudara-Robertson of Kayak Napa Valley and Bob Arwine, Master Fly Fisherman, will speak.

Discussions will follow.

Everyone is welcome.

Please join us to celebrate the life of Jim Hench, 1929-2014.

April 19, 2014 Leave a comment

When: May 4, 2014, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Napa River Inn — Plaza

Please join us to celebrate the life of Jim Hench, 1929-2014 and the 20th anniversary of FONR. Jim was one of the founding board members of Friends of the Napa River.

We loved him as the man to take you out on the river, by canoe or kayak, from the wetlands in American Canyon to the headwaters in Calistoga.


Kayakers who want to paddle to the event please contact

Preserving Natural Napa: Friends of the Napa River

March 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Louisa Hofstader shares a story about the Friends of the Napa River in the
April 2014 edition of “Market Place, Napa Valley Community Magazine”

Preserving Natural Napa: Friends of the Napa River (click to view article)

Dock Dedication 2013-11-24

River activity at the new boat dock in downtown Napa.

Hog Island Cuvée Release & Guest Shucking — Benefit for FONR

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

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