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

FONR at Fish Friendly Farming Tour

August 9, 2014 Leave a comment
FONR Board members with Congressman Mike Thompson.

FONR Board members with Congressman Mike Thompson.

On August 4th, FONR board members joined vineyard owners, Congressman Mike Thompson, state and county representatives, and members of the press for a tour of two Fish Friendly Farming restoration sites along the Napa River.  Pictured from left to right: Tracy Krumpen, Terri Miller, Bernhard Krevet,  Mike Thompson and Laurie Puzo.

Vineyard owners along the Napa River showed off the environmental benefits of working cooperatively with government agencies to improve the lives of fish and other wildlife. The full article can be read here.

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 8th 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| *


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 319 other followers