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California drought, visualized with open data

The State of California is experiencing one of the most severe droughts on record. Many State, Federal, and Tribal agencies make routine observations of the water cycle. A new USGS website graphically visualizes these data to help understand the effect of drought on rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs.

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2015 Watershed Awareness Calendars Now Available

This year's calendar features a selection of favorite scenes from 20 local photographers. Calendars are provided to our community at no charge thanks to the Napa County RCD, the Watershed Information Center and Conservancy of Napa County, and Friends of the Napa River.  

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The Story of Salmon and Steelhead in Putah Creek and the Central Valley

The buidling of large dams has had a great impact on the health of salmonid populations in California's Central Valley, which includes the Putah Creek watershed. Learn more about the history of fisheries in Putah Creek and the Central Valley from NOAA's new Story Map.

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The Clean Water Act - 42 years and counting

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States. Over the past decade, CWA programs have shifted from a program-by-program, source-by-source, pollutant-by-pollutant approach to a more holistic watershed-based approachthat emphasizes protecting healthy waters and restoring impaired ones.

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Migrating Steelhead Numbers Down in Drought Year

The numbers are in for the spring 2014 steelhead and salmon season, and unfortunately the catch was the lowest in the six-year history of the RCD's monitoring program.  The Napa River rotary screw trap was operated for 53 days between March and May, during which time only 31 steelhead smolts were captured.

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Planning for Rain

Why Storm Water Management Matters during the Drought - What and how we can prepare for the upcoming rainy season during the drought. You can counteract the negative impacts of stormwater runoff by promoting water infiltration.

Dec 13, 2014

Rains boosted Napa's main reservoir

Mike Blasky, Napa Valley Register

The storm that smacked Napa County with heavy rain this week didn’t cause the flooding that so...

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Stanford scientist examines ways to put stormwater to use in big cities

Stanford News Service

Stanford researchers plan to use data from St. Paul, Minnesota, to determine the value of stormwater...

Dec 12, 2014

California drought: Winter storms finally starting to boost storage levels in key reservoirs

Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News

After three years of relentlessly bad news about California's historic drought, the drenching storm ...

Dec 11, 2014

Applicants sought for Napa County Local Food Advisory Council

County of Napa

The County Executive Officer announces the existence of openings on the Napa County Local Food Advis...