River Concert for Friends! SOLD OUT! Thank you all!

August 29, 2016 Leave a comment

River Concert for Friends at CIA Copia

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It was a beautiful evening for Friends of the Napa River’s intimate fundraiser and concert at the newly renovated CIA Copia. The Napa Valley Youth Symphony and Kellie Fuller and Quartet filled the warm air with lovely music for an amphitheater full
of guests. The setting could not have been more lovely, with the setting sun, and then the moonlight sparkling on the Napa River behind the stage. Thank you to the Culinary Institute of America for graciously hosting us, thank you sponsors, and thanks to all of the Napa River Community.

More wonderful photos from the evening can be found on Napa Valley Life Social Page and October 9th Napa Valley Register.

The River needs Friends! Join us! Volunteer, donate; share your ideas,  photos,  questions!

A warm thank you to the many businesses and artists who donated fun items to our auction and raffle, and to our major Sponsors:

Dine & donate at Hog Island Oyster Co at the Oxbow Public Market… benefitting Friends! 

October 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Thursday, October 13 from 5-8, come down to the Oxbow Public Market for dinner at Hog Island Oyster: 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Napa River! What a delicious way to support your Napa River! Guest shucker for the evening is aclaimed author Rowen Jacobsen. Join us!

Stanly Lane Spur Trail Grant Approved

July 20, 2016 Leave a comment

Property Owners, Agencies, Volunteers at Stanly Lane

Great news! The City’s grant application to fund planning for the completion of the trail from the end of Stanley Lane out to the Napa River has been approved! FONR helped drive this process by facilitating meetings, helping with grant writing, rounding up letters of support, and providing lots of encouragement to the City and ABAG.

Napa River Dredging Project

July 15, 2016 Leave a comment

12 July 2016: In cooperation with the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) presented the latest plans for dredging the Napa River to maintain the navigable channel south of the Third Street Bridge in Napa to American Canyon and Vallejo.

The public outreach meeting was hosted by the Napa Valley Yacht Club.

  • Pre-dredging activities begin in July 2016,
  • Actual dredging is scheduled from mid-September to early October:
    • Duration: ~ 6-9 weeks
    • Daily Operations:
      • 3rd Street- Tulocay Creek: 7:00 am-11:00 pm
      • Below Tulocay Creek: 24-hrs/day

Click here to view the Meeting Presentation which includes maps of the dredging areas and disposal sites.

Please feel free to contact the USACE Project Manager Pamela Patton at (415) 503-6747 or cell at (510) 329-9505 or by email at pamela.o.patton@usace.army.mil with any questions and/or concerns. You can also reach Rick Thomasser of Napa Flood Control at 707-259-8657, email Richard.Thomasser@countyofnapa.org

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FONR’s Moira Johnston Block “The Book: from Creation to Curation” at the Napa Library: Thursday, June 30 at 7 pm

June 26, 2016 3 comments


Founding FONR President and award winning author Moira Johnston Block will discuss the creative process of writing powerful nonfiction at the Napa Library on Thursday, June 30 at 7pm. She will be joined by CA State Librarian Greg Lucas as they discuss: “The Book: from Creation to Curation.” View the flier here: Moira’s talk.

Check out this 2003 Napa Register article for a nice bio about Moira. Moira’s eloquence and gift for storytelling have served the Napa River well over the years. This video created by Jules and Effin Older (view “Turn Toward Your River” here on YouTube) offers a beautiful example of Moira’s voice for the river. Thank you Moira!

Napa Youth Stewardship Council

June 15, 2016 Leave a comment


Thanks to grants from the Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, Friends of the Napa River (FONR) partnered with the Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) to initiate the Napa Youth Stewardship Council (NYSC) over the 2015-16 school year. This after school service learning group connects students from different schools and provides them with information on local environmental issues, opportunities to learn about careers in the environmental sciences from local professionals, and hands-on experience planning and leading environmentally themed community service projects. The inaugural class was made up of 13 amazing students from local high schools: American Canyon, New Tech, Vintage and Napa High. The NYSC worked with community members to plant oak trees in Napa and American Canyon, hosted a community service day at the RCD demonstration vineyard, shared information environmentally friendly practices at the Napa Earth Day celebration, attended a wildlife lecture and helped clean up trash along the river.


WILD Napa Lecture Series: Western Pond Turtles

June 7, 2016 Leave a comment

PondTurtlesRC2016 1Join us at the Napa County Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a lecture on local wildlife and habitats. June 8th at 7:00 pm: learn about Napa’s only native turtle: the Western pond turtle. Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bettelheim will share the history, threats to their survival and efforts for conservation of this fascinating species. View the flier here: wild napa – turtles4

This lecture series is offered to the community for free (though donations are welcome) so we can all learn more about our local wildlife and ecosystems.  Wild Napa is brought to you by Napa County RCD, Friends of the Napa River, Napa County Library, Napa Green, WICC Napa County and the Carolyn Parr Nature Museum.