Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee

April 8, 2015 Leave a comment

On April 7, the Napa County Board of Supervisors appointed members to the ad hoc Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee. The group will make recommendations to the Planning Commission on proposed revisions to the Winery Definition Ordinance. The committee will meet 10 a.m., the second and fourth Mondays of every month beginning April 13.

Members of this committee include three FONR Board members (Shari Gardner for District 3, Dave Graves for District 1, Rex Stults for the Napa Valley Vintners, alternate).
See attached PDF document.
They have their work cut out for the next couple of months.
Thanks to each one for participating in this important effort to protect the Napa River watershed!

Same mission, new logo

April 3, 2015 Leave a comment

Friends of the Napa River is as committed as ever to our mission to serve as “the community’s voice for the responsible protection, restoration, development and celebration of the Napa River and its watershed,” and now we have a bright new logo:

FOTNR logo 2015-final

Celebrate Earth Day in Napa, April 25

March 27, 2015 Leave a comment

Visit the FONR table at the Earth Day celebration: Veterans Park in downtown Napa, Saturday April 25 from 10-3. There will be live music and activities, as well as food and beverages available to purchase. From 8-10 a.m., Friends of the Napa River will host the clean up along the Napa River at Riverside Drive and Elm Street. We’d love to have your help to keep the Napa River clean! For more information, visit this article in the Napa Register or

Napa will get the flood control bypass landscaping of its dreams, complete with more vegetation to help with erosion control.

March 27, 2015 Leave a comment

Friends of the Napa River is excited to learn that Congressman Mike Thompson was able to secure the $1.8 million necessary to restore the originally envisioned landscaping for the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had switched to a stripped-down landscaping plan to control costs. Friends has actively worked with the Flood Control District and the City of Napa to design this space as a community park usable for entertainment and trail access to the river, with an aesthetically pleasing interface to the surrounding businesses and properties.

To learn more, read Barry Eberling’s report in the Napa Valley Register.

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!


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