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Volunteers clean up ‘microtrash’ in the Oxbow District

July 14, 2017 Leave a comment

From the Napa Valley Register:

Napa’s popular Oxbow area is looking cleaner after a couple dozen volunteers descended on it Thursday morning to pick up trash. Waterways Keepers, a coalition of local groups that holds various trash cleanup events, had struck again. It advertised the Oxbow event as the first for this particular area, with more to come. But why meet on a Thursday at 8 a.m., instead of on a weekend when more volunteers might show up?

“SomeIMG_7041 of the businesses of the Oxbow District requested we host a cleanup for their employees and the community,” said Shari Gardner of Friends of the Napa River. “Most of these businesses are slammed on the weekend, so this is a good day for them.”


River clean up opportunities

July 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Help keep the Napa River Clean! Here are some community opportunities to keep our River litter-free:

5th of July River Clean-up: Join Ohana Wa’a Outrigger Canoe Club for the Napa River section of a Statewide Cali Paddler clean-up effort. Wear closed-toe shoes that can get muddy, grab your work gloves and come help cleanup along shore. Meet at the Napa Yacht Club (100 Riverside Drive, Napa) from 4:30-6:00. Friends of the Napa River will be there!

July 13th, 8-10 a.m. – join us at the Oxbow Commons, under the train bridge for an Oxbow Neighborhood Clean-up! Wear closed-toe shoes and bring work  gloves if you have them.

More cleanups to be scheduled soon… and mark your calendar for International Coastal Cleanup: September 16th.

Snapshots from a Living River

June 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Dinner plans? Here are some great photos of a young green heron eating a very large bullfrog tadpole. Rusty Cohn took these shots at the beaver pond on Tulocay Creek in downtown Napa. Rusty has documented a diverse cast of characters populating the beaver pond, and it is thrilling to see so much life in busy downtown. Bullfrogs are an invasive species: they displace (and eat!) our native frogs, so thank you green heron, for removing that one!

Learn more about the wildlife in our backyard by attending the WILD lecture series hosted by our local libraries. Next up for WILD Napa on July 12th at 7:00 at the Napa Library, hear stories from Carol Poole about rehabilitating injured raptors (birds of prey like hawks, falcons and owls) with Napa Wildlife Rescue. Flier here: WNapa.Raptors. Also in July, join us up-valley for WILD St. Helena on July 18th at 5:00pm and learn about our local mountain lions from Felidae Conservation Fund’s Bay Area Puma Project  at the St. Helena Library. Flier here: WILD Mountain Lions

Here are a few more of Rusty’s photos from the beaver pond:

Students at River School work to help the Napa River

May 31, 2017 Leave a comment


Friends of the Napa River and Supervisor Pedroza visited River School to thank and encourage the students for their work supporting a healthy Napa River. The students presented FONR with the donations from their fundraising efforts.

River School teacher Louann Talbert has created a wonderful watershed ecology program for her students.  Her students raise salmon in the classroom, learn from classroom presentations (including from FONR) and go on a number of watershed field trips. At least one of her classes visited the rotary screw fish trap on the Napa River with the Napa RCD and FONR, and others planted oak trees at Alston Park. The program culminates with students working in groups to come up with a project to benefit the river. Four groups chose to have bake sales, a lemonade stand or collect donations as part of their project: 20 students raised nearly $400 for FONR! Other groups conducted river cleanups,  made videos, created websites, and made and distributed fliers to educate the public about the Napa River.

Here are links to a few of their projects:

A couple informative websites: Watershed Tips and  Save our Watershed and Mark’s team website

A flier : Losing our Watershed with a link to Instagram for more information @help_our_watershed

And settle in with some popcorn for this informative short film about the Napa River Watershed

Friends of the Napa River is delighted to lend support to this program, grateful for the support from the students and community, and heartened to see our local students learning about their watershed and taking action to keep our River clean. The little things add up. Well done! Or should I say, a work well begun…?

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Love your watershed

May 20, 2017 Leave a comment

May is Watershed Awareness month, and a beautiful time to get our and enjoy the River. Here are a couple of opportunities to connect with the watershed today: Read more…

Proposed Cement Plant along the Napa River in Vallejo

February 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Vallejo is currently considering a proposal to build a cement plant and develop a new marine terminal at the vacant General Mills Flour site at the mouth of the Napa River in Vallejo. Read more…

What a winter! The Oxbow Bypass successfully carried floodwater! 

January 9, 2017 Leave a comment

This January storm put the Oxbow Bypass to work! The flood gates on McKinstry were closed several times this winter so that flood water could flow through the Oxbow Commons. The Oxbow Bypass Read more…