This initiative is about protecting our future. The Napa Valley benefits from robust wine and tourism industries. Along with the increase in the number of residents, the growth of these industries has put pressure on Napa County’s water supplies.
The health of our watershed is key to our water security. Some growers have started to clear-cut oaks trees on the hillsides that surround the valley. Deforestation of watershed oak woodlands increases soil erosion, decreases year-round water availability, and reduces water quality.
Protecting the Agricultural Watershed supports the Agricultural Preserve. Fifty years ago, we created the Agricultural Preserve to secure the land that supports Napa’s winegrowing economy. Now, we need to preserve the Agricultural Watershed, which provides the clean water that winegrowers and residents alike depend on.
This initiative protects the water supply for every resident, current and future. Every business operating in Napa, including grape growers and vintners. Every visitor. Every fish, bird, and deer.
When damage to oak woodlands increases the speed of water runoff and erosion, it threatens our water supply. Reservoirs become silted up, which reduces water quality and increases system maintenance costs. Groundwater recharge decreases. These costs are paid by the community at large, while only those who clear-cut hillsides reap the benefits. Read More
Preserving oak woodlands protects the local ecology while reducing our region’s contributions to climate change. The oak canopy shades the ground in the hot summers and inhibits growth of grasses that accelerate wild fires. Read More
By one expert estimate, it requires up to 75 gallons of water for every gallon of wine brought to market. The economy of Napa is based on wine, and wine is based on water. When we clear cut watershed woodlands, we threaten 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.