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!
Presentation: Trout release and river clean up
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. You can now purchase this film on dvd or Blu-ray on their website: RussianRiverAllRivers.com
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.
On April 21, the Napa County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail and its designation as a priority conservation area. Proposed Napa River water trail sites include Trancas Park, Jim Hench Memorial Kayak Launch, Downtown Napa Dock at 4th St., Riverside Drive, Kennedy Park, Cuttings Wharf, and Green Island, This PDF shows proposed dock/launch locations: SF Bay Area Water Trail Map and additional details are here: SF Bay Area Water Trail description. For more information about the SF Bay Area Water Trail, visit http://sfbaywatertrail.org/.
Friends of the Napa River will join a panel this Wednesday to discuss the history of the Napa River and the changes we may see with the rapid changes in climate and sea level projected over the next 100 years. For more information, visit http://napa.ca.lwvnet.org/river.html
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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.
Thanks to each one for participating in this important effort to protect the Napa River watershed!