It was the third consecutive year that pumping exceeded the Napa Valley sub-basin’s sustainable yield of 15,000 acre-feet.
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Napa Water Forum looks at how nature, humans can both thrive
Ideas flowed at a recent forum on how to manage Napa Valley water, which is the lifeblood for local cities, world-famous wine country and the environment.
Letter: Thoughts on Napa County’s salmon population
In March 2023, Water Audit and Save Napa Valley Foundation will cohost 2023 Napa Water Forum – The Refugia Project to share our findings and proposals with the public.
There will be limited seating, so please reserve tickets early.
Napa County sees renewed focus on fish barrier removals
A push has begun to remove or remediate fish barriers in Napa County. The Napa County Resource Conservation District and Water Audit California have come up with a list of 51 barriers that, if removed, would open up more than 250 miles of spawning habitat.
Napa’s Lake Marie dam to release water for fish under 1915 law
“The Lake Marie reservoir, created in the late 19th century as part of a Napa State Hospital water mini-empire, might in the 21st century help locally rare steelhead trout. Water Audit California has used lawsuits to try to gain more water from local reservoirs for downstream fish habitat. In this case, the California Department of …
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Water Audit proposes “rock vanes” for Napa River
A Water Audit California report suggests placing “rock vanes” in the Napa River to shape water flows and create channels more supportive of fish and aquatic life.
Mount Veeder winery wins Napa County approval
The Planning Commission last week approved the 20,000-gallon-a-year winery. The planned 4,638-square-foot building at 2072 Mount Veeder Road will replace a house and barn that burned in the 2017 Nuns fire… Water Audit California, meanwhile, urged the county to deny the application. Grant Reynolds of the group wrote that Pickle Canyon Creek runs through the …
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Water issues require decisive action
“As a director of Water Audit California, I was bemused to read the response of the city of St. Helena’s attorney to our litigation…”
Napa County sued over care of Napa River
“Water Audit California is suing to make Napa County increase oversight of groundwater pumping for vineyards, wineries, and other uses, claiming that the pumping affects the Napa River. The lawsuit said the county has a “public trust” duty to care for the river. The idea is that too much groundwater pumping from wells can keep …
Water environmental group threatens Calistoga with lawsuit, again
“CALISTOGA — Stemming from litigation dating back to 2008, the City of Calistoga is confronted again with a long-standing threat from an environmental group over the operation of Kimball Dam. Grant Reynolds, a director of Water Audit California, delivered a letter to the City of Calistoga on Monday criticizing the city for not fulfilling its …
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Environmental group threatens to sue St. Helena over groundwater extraction
“ST. HELENA — An environmental advocacy group is threatening to sue the City of St. Helena over its handling of groundwater. Grant Reynolds, a director of Water Audit California, delivered a letter to the city on Monday criticizing its use of the Stonebridge wells for municipal use and “a pattern of exercising no discretion” in …
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St. Helena City Council awards $3.2 million contract for York Creek dam removal
“The St. Helena City Council awarded a $3.2 million contact this week to an Arcata firm to remove the Upper York Creek Dam. McCullough Construction will be charged with notching the dam, restoring the creek’s aquatic habitat, and removing an illegal barrier to fish passage that the city first agreed to remove in 2006. Work …
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Watershed forum looks to defuse Napa County water issues
“Various environmentalists are saying that the old adage about “water being for fighting over” doesn’t have to apply to Napa County. The group called Water Audit California has used lawsuits to pry water releases from local reservoirs for fish and has threatened a groundwater-related lawsuit against Napa County. The group last week co-sponsored a forum …
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As Yountville reservoir falls, state studies supply – and possible water purchases from Napa
“YOUNTVILLE — Even with California’s lengthy drought in the rear-view mirror, the reservoir feeding Yountville and the Veterans Home of California is running low. Just how low may determine what the town – and state regulators – do to curb water use and boost supplies as the dryness of summer approaches. New monitoring equipment at …
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After environmental lawsuit, St. Helena agrees to bypass more water into creek
“ST. HELENA — The City Council has approved a short-term plan to bypass more water from Bell Canyon Reservoir into Bell Creek, in response to a lawsuit claiming that the city has degraded fish habitat in the creek by historically capturing too much water in the reservoir. The council also approved contracts to install equipment …
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Lawsuit demands monitoring, fish protection at Yountville-area reservoir
“The reservoir serving Yountville and the neighboring Veterans Home of California has become the latest Napa County water source to be targeted in court for allegedly siphoning excessive water and damaging fish habitats. A lawsuit filed by Water Audit California demands a curtailing of water diversions to Rector Reservoir, which is owned by the state …
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