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Support these worthy groups

July 25, 2017 Leave a comment

From the Napa Valley Register, by Steve Orndorf:

… the county’s Wildlife Conservation Commission is privileged to distribute grant money to organizations that contribute to improving our local environmental conditions and to educating everyone on the importance of the related issues. Money comes to the commission as a result of Fish and Wildlife violation-related fines, occasional fines leveled by our courts for environmental-related landowner violations, and periodic additional funding from the county’s general fund.

Friends of the Napa River is one of the six groups to whom money was recently granted.

Click here to see brief descriptions of what these groups are doing with that money.


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

Update: the dredging period was extended due to a series of complications, but is now complete. Here are a few photos.

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. Read more…

Great 2008 video featuring the Napa River

March 22, 2016 Leave a comment

Even though a bit dated, this 2008 episode of CBS San Francisco Eye on the Bay is a spectacular introduction to boating and enjoying the Napa River!

CBS 2008 Napa River Video

Thanks to FONR Supporters and Volunteers!

December 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Visitors are enjoying  Friends of the Napa River exhibits at the annual Flyway Festival on Mare Island and during Earth Day in downtown Napa. Let the tradition continue in 2016!

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Oxbow Commons – Flood Bypass: From the Napa Valley Register

August 11, 2015 1 comment

Long in coming, downtown flood bypass wins praise

August 04, 2015 4:45 pm  • 

Bring on the big, drought-breaking storms. The Napa downtown flood control bypass is ready for action.

About 200 people came out on a cool, cloudy Tuesday morning for the dedication of the $18.5 million bypass. They gathered under the concrete bridge that carries the Napa Valley Wine Train, some sitting on concrete blocks designed to slow the speed of floodwaters. More…

New bypass will do double-duty as park and flood protection

August 03, 2015 2:00 pm  • 

When officials gather Tuesday morning to dedicate the Oxbow flood bypass, they will be celebrating an oddly shaped strip of land — a quarter-mile long, 300 feet wide and 10 feet deep — that also doubles as a 10-acre city park.

It’s this recreational potential that 10 years ago energized Friends of the Napa River, a local advocacy group, to make sure the Army Corps of Engineers wouldn’t build a huge concrete, trapezoid ditch.

The finished product, funded by the Army Corps to the tune of $18.5 million of federal money, is a hybrid of sorts. More…

New bypass clean up team

Various groups came together on Sunday, Aug. 2, to clean up trash near the Napa River Dry Bypass. Groups represented included the Friends of the Napa River, the city of Napa, Napa County Flood Control District and Napa Valley CanDo. More…

Napa River restoration project nears end

January 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Dec 26, 2014 at 12:00pm

Two stretches of Napa River restoration totaling almost a mile in the heart of Napa Valley wine country will receive vegetative finishing touches in coming months as the project nears its end. About 18,000 native trees, plants and shrubs are to be planted. Types include California buckeye, big leaf maple, coyote bush, western spice, Oregon ash, white alder and Santa Barbara sedge.


Barry Eberling, Napa Valley Register