Friends of the Napa River (FONR) was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in early 1994. The organizers worked together through the years on many different concerns about the Napa River such as flood protection, boating, fishing, watershed restoration, trails, festivals, and riverfront development.
FONR is a diverse community group whose mission is to be “the community’s voice for the responsible protection, restoration, development and celebration of the Napa River and its watershed.” To contact us or to become a member click here.
Executive Director: Shari Gardner
Shari brings 20 years of diverse experience: working with reintroduced California Condors, monitoring inland fisheries and operating the water quality lab for the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, and filling a variety of roles over the past 15 years for Friends of the Napa River including benthic macro-invertebrate studies, historical ecology research, managing the office, helping to put together two River Festivals. She now serves as Executive Director and Education Coordinator for FONR. “The Napa River watershed is a very special place. I want all of our local children to explore the natural wonders in our backyard and to foster lifelong connections to the river and its watershed.”
2015 Board Members of Friends of the Napa River
|Vice President||Tracy Krumpen|
|At Large||Tony Norris and Laurie Puzo|
|Rex Stults||Barry Christian|
|Drew Dickson||David Graves|
|Moira Johnston-Block||David Garden|
|Phillip Blake||Roger Hartwell|
|Harold Kelly||Kent Ruppert|
|Mike Rippey||Judith Sears|
|Ginny Simms||Barbara Stafford|
|Tim Yarrish||Karen Bower Turjanis|
|Executive Director||Shari Gardner|
History of Friends of the Napa River
The primary goal of Friends is to heighten the community’s awareness of the river as a valuable, but impaired, resource. We advocate for the Napa River at governmental meetings when decisions are being made that affect the river. We sponsor the annual River Festival featuring the Napa Valley Symphony the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. We sponsor clean-ups and watershed hikes. We have put together educational materials to help in the schools with the “Adopt a Watershed” program. This material is also available to community organizations. We participate on local committees involving water, flooding, urban and land use planning, and recreation. Many of us have been involved over the years in the planning of the flood control project in Napa with a county-wide coalition to bring the most enlightened project possible to Napa.