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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“Myrna’s Outlook” Dedicated

November 15, 2014 Leave a comment

November 8, 2014:
Representatives of the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District, Friends of the Napa River and the Napa Vine Trail Coalition met at the Wetlands View Trailhead in American Canyon to introduce the public to “Myrna’s Outlook” in memory of Myrna Abramowicz, founding director of the District.

Myrnas Outlook

The Wetlands View Trailhead is located at the corner of Eucalyptus Drive and Wetlands Edge Road in American Canyon. From there it’s a short walk to the site.

Myrnas Boulder

A post and a boulder have been placed at an existing viewing structure along the Napa River in American Canyon to honor Myrna’s commitment to the River, its watershed, and the community she served so well.


Friends of the Napa River support Measure A (RUL Expansion)

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

This is the text of a letter to the editor that the Napa Valley Register was unable to print because of late submission (before the November 4, 2014 elections.)

The board members of Friends of the Napa River (FONR) are frequently asked about our position regarding Napa Pipe and the coming vote for expanding the City of Napa’s Rural Urban Limit (RUL) — Measure A.
This vote is not for approval of any development plan or even the annexation of the area into the city. It only allows for the possible annexation if the City and the owners both agree to it. As such we feel that this is an appropriate step and support the measure. This will give the City of Napa jurisdiction over the planning and restraints placed on the development.
Should the measure pass, and if there is an application for annexation, FONR will continue to pursue the following recommendations and others to the City Planning Commission and the City Council in reviewing the proposed development:
In the first phase of development, there should be a complete public hiking trail linking existing elements of the River Trail south and north of the development, to be preserved in perpetuity by deed restriction. Also, in the first phase of development, there should be a fully developed public access to the river for launching non-motorized water craft.

Tim Yarish, Vice President, Friends of the Napa River

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.



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