From the Napa Valley Register:
Shari Gardner, executive director of Friends of the Napa River, joins more than 20 other people who kayaked or paddleboarded their way upriver to the new Jim Hench Memorial Kayak Launch, near the First Street bridge in downtown Napa. More than 80 spectators attended a dedication ceremony Sunday morning to honor Hench, the advocate for the Napa River’s beautification and flood protection who died in 2014 at age 85. Speakers including Mayor Jill Techel, Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, and Hench’s allies Bernhard Krevet and Moira Johnston Block shared their memories of the Friends of the Napa River co-founder, who campaigned for the Napa River flood control project and wider access to water recreation.
Help dedicate Napa’s newest Kayak Launch in memory of our dear friend, Jim Hench, on Sunday, August 23 at 10:00 a.m. Walk, bike, or paddle to the south end of the new Oxbow Commons (formerly called the Napa River Dry Bypass.) Friends of the Napa River will paddle to the dedication: bring your own boat and paddle along with us if you like! We will depart from 100 Riverside Drive at 9:30. For more information email email@example.com. Click to download the Jim Hench Launch Invite.
Jim Hench, a tireless advocate for the Napa River and true “River Rat”, was always ready to take people out on the river. Photo by Lowell Downey
Please join us for these August events:
Oxbow Dry Bypass Dedication: Join us on Tuesday, August 4th at 11:00 to celebrate the dedication of the Oxbow Bypass. Details here: Dry Bypass Celebration Invitation 2015 In addition to FONR’s Moira Johnston Block and Bernhard Krevet, speakers include Mayor Jill Techel, Flood Control District Chair Brad Wagenknect, COL Eric McFadden and Tambour Eller – Deputy Commander and DPM for USACE, Anne Riley from RWQCB, State Assembly member Bill Dodd, State Senator Lois Wolk, and Congressman Mike Thompson. Please RSVP to the Flood Control & Water Conservation District at (707) 259-8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxbow Bypass Clean-up: Sunday, August 2 from 9-11:00am Join Friends of the Napa River to clean-up the Bypass area in preparation for the dedication starting at McKinstry Street. Contact Shari at email@example.com or 707-254-8520 if you can join us.
Wild Napa Lecture Series: River Otters Get to know Napa County’s wild creatures with a new lecture series held the 2nd Wednesday each month at the Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street in Napa. The inaugural lecture about river otters will be held August 12 at 7:00pm and will feature Megan Isadore of The River Otter Ecology Project. View the flier here: Wild Napa August Otters. To learn more, visit the Napa RCD.
Dedication of the “Jim Hench Memorial Kayak Launch” August 23, 10:00am. Join us to dedicate the new kayak launch in the Oxbow Dry Bypass in honor of our dear friend and Napa River champion Jim Hench. The Launch is located just below 1st Street on China Point. More details to be posted soon. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-254-8520. Preview the Hench Plaque installed by Napa Parks and Rec. Thank you to Lowell Downey for the use of his photographs, Gordon Huether Studio for design and layout, and Moira Johnston Block and Evy Warshawski for the inscription on this memorial.
River School students in Louann Talbert’s 7/8 grade Life Science class spent time this spring studying the Napa River and steelhead trout. Their studies culminated in developing their own projects to help protect the Napa River. Students picked up trash, created pamphlets and posters, and made presentations. Links to some of their projects are listed below. Two of the student groups combined forces and held a bake sale, donating the proceeds to Friends of the Napa River. Thank you students and thank you Louann!
Aquatic Ecosystem Prezi (presentation)
Presentation: Salvador cleanup & bake sale
Presentation: Trout release and river clean up
Protect Napa Waterways Brochure
Friends of the Napa River helped co-sponsor two screening of “The Russian River: All Rivers – the Value of an American Watershed” at Copia Center Theater in May. This film is not just about the Russian River, but about California water issues including those that effect our own Napa River. Did you see the film? Tell us what you think. The short trailer for the film can be found here: https://vimeo.com/101429442.
From the Napa Valley Register:
Whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will consider Napa County’s pitch for another $76 million for Napa flood protection remains the $100,000 question. Local leaders continue pressing to keep the Napa flood bypass – scheduled to be completed in mid-July – from being the finale of the city’s flood control project, approved by voters in 1998.