For our water. For our future. For us all.
The health of our watershed is key to our water supply. With the valley floor being essentially planted out in wine grapes, developers are clear-cutting oak trees on the hillsides that surround the valley, in the areas zoned AWOS – Agricultural Watershed and Open Space. Deforestation of watershed oak woodlands and around streams and wetlands increases soil erosion, decreases year-round water availability, and reduces water quality.
Fifty years ago, we created the Agricultural Preserve to secure the land that supports Napa’s winegrowing economy. Now, we need to preserve the watershed, which provides the clean water that the wine industry and residents alike depend on. Protecting our watersheds benefits the entire community of Napa. Not doing so puts our water security at risk.
This initiative is about protecting our future. It does three things that are vital to our water and watershed: It establishes "no-cut" water quality buffer zones along streams and wetlands where forests cannot be disturbed. It strengthens the current requirements for replacing the value of destroyed trees. And it establishes a limit on oak woodlands that can be taken from our County’s watershed areas. This initiative protects the water and the environment for every Napa resident, current and future, for every business operating in Napa, including grape growers and vintners. Every visitor. Every fish, every bird, and every animal. Every one of us.
In a democracy, people decide on their future. They do not surrender their decision rights to large and global corporations. As citizens, we demand that our environment be protected to assure a reliable water supply for future generations. We are voting for our children and grandchildren, not for profitability of the already wealthy ... Read More
More than protecting the water supply, preserving oak woodlands protects the local ecology and contributes to the environment as a whole. The oak canopy fosters growth of inter-dependent species, plants and animals. The canopy shades the ground in the hot summers, and reduces temperatures and inhibits growth of grasses that accelerate wild fires. An intact ecosystem is home to many native species that collectively keep systems resilient. Read More
The successful Napa wine growing industry consumes a lot of water. Every gallon of wine requires up to 75 gallons of water, when you consider all of the water uses from vineyard to shipment of bottled wine. If we destroy watersheds while increasing the volume of wine produced and visitors served, we are headed for a crisis. The economy of Napa County cannot sustain increase in water consumption while we destroy the water supply. ... Read More
Efforts to preserve environmental sustainability are important. When we lose a precious shared resource, it is lost forever. Every significant effort to protect a sustainable environment meets with opposition and backlash. As was true with the Agricultural Preserve, which saved Napa Valley for wine growing instead of housing subdivisions, this initiative is meeting with strong resistance from some of the same interests that opposed the Agricultural Preserve.
First, read the initiative. The Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page answers common questions. When you are informed, please take action. Register to vote. Make sure your friends and neighbors are well-informed. Contribute what you can to a Napa with a sustainable future.