“Eyes on the Sky” Film Screening

April 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Eyes On the Sky Film PicNearly 150 came to the Copia theater to watch this engaging, short documentary film. “Eyes on the Sky” explores important questions about water in the West and promoted discussion and public action needed to fashion a vision for a secure water future. Steve Nicolaides introduced the film that he researched, wrote, and produced, and will lead a discussion afterwards. A perfect way to celebrate Earth Day!  Read more…

Napa County Supervisor Candidate Forum

March 29, 2016 Leave a comment

Friends of the Napa River, Napa Sierra Club, Get a Grip on Growth, and Napa CanDoCandidate Forum poster 040416 hosted a candidate forum at the Napa Library on April 4th. Candidates for Napa County Supervisor Districts 2, 4 and 5 answered questions about how they intend to approach environmental and growth issues if elected. The Napa Register story on the forum can be found here.


Great 2008 video featuring the Napa River

March 22, 2016 Leave a comment

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!

CBS 2008 Napa River Video

Upcoming events in Napa of interest to our Friends

March 18, 2016 Leave a comment

Join Friends of the Napa River at these upcoming events:

River Connections & Calendar of Events

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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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FONR at the Flyway Festival!

February 3, 2016 1 comment


20th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival, February 20-21 from 9-4 on Mare2016-02-21 16.23.07
This is an annual, free, family-friendly event, not to be missed, featuring a birding and wildlife expo (come visit Friend’s booth!) guided bird watching, history outings and self-guided walks. Visit the newly updated schedule of events here. For more details, visit the website: SFBayFlywayFestival.com




New York Times article on Historical Ecology in the Napa Valley

January 26, 2016 Leave a comment

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.


A map, two aerial photos and a land survey showing different stages of the area around the Napa River and the city of Napa, Calif., in (from left) 1858, 1942, 2009 and 1858.  Composite by Ruth Askevold / San Francisco Estuary Institute; from left to right: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S.D.A., U.S.D.A., Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, BerkeleyRobbins, Jim. “In Napa Valley, Future Landscapes are Viewed in the Past.” The New York Times, January 26, 2016.

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