It has been a busy year, and 2017 promises to be even busier! Read more about it in our membership letter HERE. To make it all happen, the Napa River needs friends. DONATE! Any amount will help, and donations are tax-deductible. Read more…
Help keep the River clean! Join Friends of the Napa River and the Napa County Bicycle Coalition on Monday, January 16th at 10:00 a.m. to help clean up litter along the Napa River Trail in honor of the MLK Day of Service. Sign up and get more information here: Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership. We will meet at the northern end of the trail, near Trancas and Old Soscol. From there, we will walk down to Lincoln Ave and back again (2.5 miles round trip.) Be prepared to get a little dirty, please wear close-toed shoes, and bring a reusable water bottle and heavy gloves if you have them. We will clean along the trail, but will not enter the river bank, since it will still be quite muddy and slippery. Children are welcome, but will need an adult along to sign waivers and supervise.
This January storm put the Oxbow Bypass to work! The flood gates on McKinstry were closed Sunday morning so that flood water could flow through the Oxbow Commons. The Oxbow Bypass (or Oxbow Commons Park) was designed to alleviate flooding in downtown Napa by carrying excess water when the Napa River reaches flood stage, as it did during this storm. The Living River Flood Project provides more room for flood water during storm events like this, while simultaneously restoring habitat and ecological functions to the Napa River. The project is not complete yet, and this storm and the next one may illuminate the portions that still need to be addressed. Be safe out there! The Napa Register wrote a good story about the first wetting of the Bypass, which you can read here. Visit the Napa County Flood Control page for an interesting aerial from before construction of the Bypass and an overlay of the construction plans. For yet more information, a 2014 report by Jeremy Sarrow at the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District has wonderful graphics and provides an excellent background and overview about the Living River Flood Project. Click here for the link.
To help Friends of the Napa River continue to support our Living River, click here
The Napa River Flood Control Project is protecting much of downtown Napa (to be completed…)
Thanks to a grant from the Whale Tail License Plate fund, Friends of the Napa River and the Napa County RCD took students from the Napa and American Canyon Boys and Girls Clubs out kayaking on the Napa River over the summer to let them learn first hand how our river connects to the ocean. The students felt the pull of the tide and noted the saltiness of the water as the high tide brought water from the San Pablo Bay to mix with the fresh water from the Napa River. They learned about the richness of estuary habitats teeming with life, the birds that feed in the mudflats during low tide, and about the salmon and steelhead trout that navigate from freshwater to saltwater and back again during their life cycle. Students also learned about the importance of keeping trash out of our waterways; and that the tide, runoff, and river’s flow carry trash into the ocean. The paddling trips ended with a clean-up along the river’s edge. Lessons learned on the water were taken back to the Boys and Girls Clubhouses where these kids shared what they had learned with younger club members through peer-to-peer lessons and games. Finally, the paddlers led the younger kids in a clean-up around the Clubhouse neighborhood. Friends hopes to continue and expand this program. Donate to help us make it happen!
Check out the short, fun video on the Whale Tail License Plate Fund website to learn more about the California license plates that help fund ocean education and protection (and learn a goofy interpretive dance!)
The next Wild Napa will be Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Napa Library: Living with Coyotes… Join us! wild-napa-coyotes
Our last program was a fascinating presentation by Dr. Stewart Reid about one of our stranger Napa River creatures: lamprey! Next month: salmon in the Napa River with Jonathan Koehler.
Friends of the Napa River is proud to be one of the local nonprofits featured in the Napa Valley Give!Guide for November-December 2016. This catalog featured 43 local nonprofits working hard to do good in the Napa Valley. Funds raised will help Friends help the river through watershed education and advocacy. The Give!Guide has wrapped up for the year, but you can still help support our work! Donate here. Join us!
Thank you for your support!