Progress on the Napa River Oxbow Dry Bypass

March 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Have you seen the construction on the Dry Bypass in downtown Napa? You can visit the project website for updates at Napa River Dry Bypass. Here are a couple of photos:

The view from the 1st Street Bridge looking north toward Soscol Street.

The view from the 1st Street Bridge looking north toward Soscol Street.


Looking east from McKinstry Street toward the Napa River, Copia and the Oxbow Public Market.

February at the Flyway Festival

February 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Friends of the Napa River enjoyed talking about the Napa River with visitors at the 19th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival in February. Popular topics included the need for more river access for kayaks and the current construction of the Oxbow bypass. Check back here for more information on those topics soon! Flyway%20Festival%20Flier1%202015

Welcome to new FONR board member Rex Stults!

February 9, 2015 Leave a comment

RexStults_hrPlease join us in welcoming Rex Stults as a new member of the FONR Board of Directors. Rex currently serves as government relations director for the Napa Valley Vintners, where he oversees all Napa name protection efforts, industry issue work and the sustainability initiatives for the 500 member non-profit trade association representing the local wine industry. Prior to joining the Napa Valley Vintners’ staff in 2006, Rex was CEO of the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce. Rex’s other activities include past president and graduate of Leadership Napa Valley, serving on the board of Free the Grapes! and volunteering as a youth basketball coach in Napa for more than 20 years. Rex is a Napa resident and enjoys spending time traveling with his wife Gillian and their two children. We are delighted to have Rex join us!

Napa Valley Paddle joins FONR

January 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Napa Valley Paddle CrewFONR is happy to announce: Drew Dickson of Paddle Napa Valley has joined our board of directors. After a meeting with the City of Napa’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Drew said:
“It was a pleasure working with you Thursday evening, I appreciate your guidance and look forward to furthering the goals of FONR in 2015 and making our presence known!” Drew continued:
As an introduction to FONR members, here is a link to a beautiful video produced for Napa Valley Paddle  (Carneros – Napa River paddle board tour)
Another video, plus all the detail on our company can be found on this splash page:
Finally, our Facebook page will keep everyone appraised of the goings-on as they occur and we will also use this page to promote FONR events and any collaboration.  We are interested to apply for commercial mooring @ 3rd Street Dock and to secure a captain’s license so that we can begin offering boat tours in support of FONR (and our business, of course…)

Please welcome Drew and Napa Valley Paddle to Friends of the Napa River!

Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District 8th Year Celebration!

January 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Event: Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District 8th Year Celebration!
Date: Thu, Jan 29th 2015, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: Napa River Inn 500 Main Street Napa, CA

Friends of the Napa River are invited to join the District to celebrate:

  • Review the Progress of the Last Year
  • Taste Local Food and Wines
  • Enjoy Friends and Colleagues



Napa River restoration project nears end

January 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Dec 26, 2014 at 12:00pm

Two stretches of Napa River restoration totaling almost a mile in the heart of Napa Valley wine country will receive vegetative finishing touches in coming months as the project nears its end. About 18,000 native trees, plants and shrubs are to be planted. Types include California buckeye, big leaf maple, coyote bush, western spice, Oregon ash, white alder and Santa Barbara sedge.


Barry Eberling, Napa Valley Register

After 20 years, still inspired by Napa River

November 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Moira Johnston Block is happy that the Napa River escaped becoming a channel lined with endless concrete walls through the city of Napa and instead has wetlands and other features to handle flood waters.

by Barry Eberling and JL Sousa, Napa Valley Register
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