About Us

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

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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

Executive Committee
President Bernhard Krevet
Vice President Tracy Krumpen
Secretary Francie Winnen
Treasurer Chuck Shinnamon
 At Large Tony Norris and Laurie Puzo
Board
Rex Stults Barry Christian
Drew Dickson David Graves
  Advisory Board
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.

  1. December 27, 2016 at 14:13

    I think the work your organization does is so wonderful; because of you, we’re all able to enjoy all the beauty the Napa River has to offer. Thank you!

  2. David McCandless
    February 3, 2016 at 21:15

    Hi. I have been following the ORCEM proposal at the old General Mills plant in Vallejo. I think this will negatively affect Vallejo, Napa and the entire Bay Area if allowed. I think your organization should be involved and present at the Vallejo council meetings. Thanks

    • February 3, 2016 at 21:38

      Thank you David. I agree that we should be more involved in this issue.

  3. December 21, 2015 at 13:42

    Help keep our river cleaner. BAN PLASTIC BAGS IN UNINCORPORATED AREA OF NAPA COUNTY – YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED
    An ordinance to ban plastic bags and limit other types of single use bags will be on the agenda on Tuesday, January 5th at 9:45 am, Board Chambers 1195 Third Street, Napa. Napa Valley CanDo urges you to attend or send a message to the supervisors to show your support. If this passes all of Napa County except Yountville will be covered. Keep our county cleaner and greener!

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