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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.

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Watermark: A feature documentary about our relationship with water

July 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Showing Thursday July 27th at 7:00 pm, [doors open at 6:00pm]
Tickets are $5.00 for adults

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

 

WATERMARK:

 

Watermark is a feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006.

The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka.We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia.

Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it’s gone.

 

2013, Canada, 92 mins.

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…

Waterways Keepers clean-up with Napa CanDo

March 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Napa Valley CanDo, Napa County Flood Control & Friends of the Napa River were joined by students from Vintage High and from the Napa Youth Stewardship Council (and their family members) for a morning of clean-up along the Napa River in Kennedy Park on  Saturday March 19th.

Do you want to help out with future clean-up events?  Email us with your contact information and we will keep you in the loop…and  thank you!

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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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Kayak launch dedicated to memory of Napa River advocate Jim Hench

August 24, 2015 1 comment
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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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…