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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.

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Kayak launch dedicated to memory of Napa River advocate Jim Hench

Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, FONR President Bernhard Krevet, Mayor Jill Techel and FONR founding President Moira Johnston Block unveil the plaque commemorating the new Jim Hench Memorial Kayak Launch. Photos by Lowell Downey.
Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, FONR President Bernhard Krevet, Mayor Jill Techel and FONR founding President Moira Johnston Block unveil the plaque commemorating the new Jim Hench Memorial Kayak Launch. Photos by Lowell Downey.
The plaque commemorating the Jim Hench Memorial Kayak Launch: freshly blessed with water from the Napa River.
The plaque commemorating the Jim Hench Memorial Kayak Launch: freshly blessed with water from the Napa River. Photo by Lowell Downey

From the Napa Valley Register:

Shari Gardner, executive director of Friends of the Napa River, joins more than 20 other people who kayaked or paddleboarded their way upriver to the new Jim Hench Memorial Kayak Launch, near the First Street bridge in downtown Napa. More than 80 spectators attended a dedication ceremony Sunday morning to honor Hench, the advocate for the Napa River’s beautification and flood protection who died in 2014 at age 85. Speakers including Mayor Jill Techel, Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, and Hench’s allies Bernhard Krevet and Moira Johnston Block shared their memories of the Friends of the Napa River co-founder, who campaigned for the Napa River flood control project and wider access to water recreation.

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County seeks more money for Napa flood protection

From the Napa Valley Register:

Whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will consider Napa County’s pitch for another $76 million for Napa flood protection remains the $100,000 question. Local leaders continue pressing to keep the Napa flood bypass – scheduled to be completed in mid-July – from being the finale of the city’s flood control project, approved by voters in 1998.

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Jim Hench 1929 – 2014

Friends mourn the loss of Jim Hench

Jim Hench was one of the founding board members of Friends of the Napa River. He will be sorely missed with his intimate knowledge of the river’s wildlife, topography and hydrology. But mostly he was known to be the man to take you out on the river, by canoe or kayak, from the wetlands in American Canyon to the headwaters in Calistoga.  We are all very, very sad for this loss of a friend.

Thanks to Janelle Wetzstein who reported compassionately in the Napa Valley Register of February 28, 2014:

“Local residents are mourning the loss of Jim Hench, Napa River aficionado and protector, who died Friday after a seven-year battle with cancer. He celebrated his 85th birthday on Jan. 23.

Hench was known for helping to found Friends of the Napa River — a grassroots nonprofit started in 1994 that was dedicated to transforming the Napa River into a flood-protected environmental asset.

Most notably, in 1998, Hench’s advocacy helped pass Measure A — a countywide half-cent sales tax that funded the local share of flood and environmental projects in Napa County.”

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So many fond memories of Jim:

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FONR vacates offices at 68-B Coombs by August 31, 2012.

Hello Friends:
As you may have heard, FONR is vacating its offices at 68-B Coombs by August 31, 2012. We didn’t have many activities there and thought it would be wise to cut the leasing expense. However, with your continued support and participation, we will remain active in all of our projects (see list)!

In July 2013 we are hoping to establish a new residence in the Borreo Building right on the Napa River next to the Third Street Bridge corner Soscol Ave. The intend is to share office space with the Land Trust of Napa County. They are in the process of acquiring and refurbishing the historical building.

Between now and then, we will be able to use the conference room at the Land Trust’s current offices, 1700 Soscol Ave, Suite 20.

While we will keep important and historical documents and exhibit materials in a storage unit, we will have a FONR Office sale at our current location: 68 S. Coombs, Building B, Napa. The sale items include:

A 10 x 4′ beautiful, wooden, oval conference table; computer and other office desks; tables; chairs; filing cabinets; a large blue print cabinet; two copiers; and many miscellaneous items. All very reasonably priced!

Please come and buy at your heart’s desire – and if you can, help us with the sale! Friday, Aug 24, and Sat Aug 25, from 9am – 1pm