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MLK Day of Service Napa River Trail Clean-up

January 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Thanks to all who came out to help keep the River clean! Around 20 energetic, kind-hearted volunteers joined Friends of the Napa River and the Napa County Bicycle Coalition on Monday to help clean up litter along the Napa River Trail between Trancas and Lincoln in honor of the MLK Day of Service. We picked up litter and cleaned up some of the trash deposited by the recent storm-fed high flows. Thanks also to the  Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership for helping to organize so many opportunities to help make a difference!


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 Sunday morning so that flood water could flow through the Oxbow Commons. The Oxbow Bypass (or Oxbow Commons Park) was designed to alleviate flooding in downtown Napa by carrying excess water when the Napa River reaches flood stage, as it did during this storm. The Living River Flood Project provides more room for flood water during storm events like this, while simultaneously restoring habitat and ecological functions to the Napa River. The project is not complete yet, and this storm and the next one may illuminate the portions that still need to be addressed. More rain is on the way, and with the ground so wonderfully saturated, the river may rise more quickly. 

For more information and some fabulous graphics & photos, check out these links:

  • Visit the Napa Watershed Information Center & Conservancy (WICC) at to view a presentation on drought updates and flooding photos as of January. (Lots of good watershed information and links on this site!)
  • The Napa Register wrote a good story about the first wetting of the Bypass, which you can read  here
  • Visit the Napa County Flood Control page for an interesting aerial from before construction of the Bypass and an overlay of the construction plans. 
  • For yet more information, a 2014 report by Jeremy Sarrow at the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District has wonderful graphics and provides an excellent background and overview about the Living River Flood Project. Click here for the link.

To help Friends of the Napa River continue to support our Living River, click here


The Oxbow Bypass is working!

January 8, 2017 Leave a comment

The Napa River Flood Control Project is protecting much of downtown Napa (to be completed…)

Riding the Tide: the Napa River Classroom

December 29, 2016 Leave a comment

wt_fundingcrediticonThanks to a grant from the Whale Tail License Plate fund, Friends of the Napa River and the Napa County RCD took students from the Napa and American Canyon Boys and Girls Clubs out kayaking on the Napa River over the summer to let them learn first hand how our river connects to the ocean. The students felt the pull of the tide and noted the saltiness of the water as the high tide brought water from the San Pablo Bay to mix with the fresh water from the Napa River. They learned about the richness of estuary habitats teeming with life, the birds that feed in the mudflats during low tide, and about the salmon and steelhead trout that navigate from freshwater to saltwater and back again during their life cycle. Students also learned about the importance of keeping trash out of our waterways; and that the tide, runoff, and river’s flow carry trash into the ocean. Read more…

We need your help: Join Friends of the Napa River! Donate!

December 21, 2016 2 comments

It has been a busy year, and 2017 promises to be even busier! Read more about it in our membership letter HERE. To make it all happen, the Napa River needs friends.  DONATE! Any amount will help, and donations are tax-deductible. Read more…

WILD NAPA! Up next: Salmon and Trout

December 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Come learn with us! The next WILD NAPA lecture will be Wednesday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Napa Library: Freshwater shrimp!

Another full house for WILD Napa: Salmon and Trout, as Jonathan Koehler, Senior Biologist for the Napa County Resource Conservation District gave a talk about these fascinating fish and their populations in the Napa River and its tributaries to over 100 interested attendees. These lectures are offered free of charge, though donations are certainly appreciated.

coyoteThe library was packed for our January lecture on “Living with Coyotes” with Kelli Hendricks, Ranching Coordinator for Project Coyote. Kelli will be presenting again on Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 at the Carolyn Parr Nature Center, if you missed it. (RSVP requested.)

Up next in the series: Freshwater Shrimp on March 8th, Oak Galls (prepare to have your mind boggled!) on April 12, and Skunks on May 10th. The lecture series is expanding! There will be a WILD American Canyon lecture on edible plants at the American Canyon Library on March 15 at 7pm. WILD St. Helena will begin in March with a repeat performance of “Salmon and Trout” – stay tuned for details!


Thank you to all who donated to Friends via the Napa Valley Give!Guide!

November 7, 2016 Leave a comment

Fgiveguideriends of the Napa River is proud to be one of the local nonprofits featured in the Napa Valley Give!Guide for November-December 2016. This catalog featured 43 local nonprofits working hard to do good in the Napa Valley. Funds raised will help Friends help the river through watershed education and advocacy. The Give!Guide has wrapped up for the year, but you can still help support our work! Donate here. Join us! 

Thank you for your support!