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. Continue reading “Proposed Cement Plant along the Napa River in Vallejo”
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 Continue reading “What a winter! The Oxbow Bypass successfully carried floodwater! “
The Napa River Flood Control Project is protecting much of downtown Napa (to be completed…)
Thanks 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. Continue reading “Riding the Tide: the Napa River Classroom”
The River needs Friends! Won’t you join us? Read more about FONR’s work in our membership letter HERE. With your help we can continue to provide river and watershed education and advocacy. Please consider making a DONATION. Any amount will help, and donations are tax-deductible. Continue reading “Be a Friend to the Napa River: join us! Volunteer! Donate!”
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!
New York Times reporter Jim Robbins just published an interesting article: “In Napa Valley, Future Landscapes Are Viewed in the Past” which describes how historical ecology is used to inform restoration efforts in Napa Valley.
Friends of the Napa River are proud to have partnered with SFEI to investigate our Napa Valley historical ecology, to piece together how our landscape functioned before European settlement and the changes that have occurred over the past 180+ years. These lessons can inform our management of the land going forward, guiding efforts to restore key ecological features and functions within the modern landscape and providing greater resiliency for the future.
Some of the projects that have benefited from this historical ecology work include Napa River restoration and the Napa County Resource Conservation District partnership to re-oak the valley. We all benefit from a deeper connection to our landscape.
Will you help support Friends of the Napa River’s efforts to protect, restore, and advocate for the Napa River and its watershed? Donate here, and thank you!