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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.

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Lawn Be Gone

Thinking about losing your lawn? This video provides a quick introduction to the many benefits of getting rid of your lawn and how to do it. This video also describes how lawns and lawn maintenance degrade storm water quality.

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Saving water and $$ during the drought

2013 was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California, and current conditions suggest no change in sight for 2014. Small changes in daily habits can make a big difference in water consumption and water bills. In Napa County, there are lots of incentives and rebate programs to encourage conservation. Use the WICC water conservation page to learn more.

Oct 25, 2014

Excavation of McKinstry Street delayed until January

Barry Eberling, Napa Valley Register

A critical phase of the flood bypass project — the lowering of McKinstry Street — has be...

Oct 26, 2014

Little by little, Napa River trail takes shape

Barry Eberling, Napa Valley Register

A short hiking and biking trail under construction along the Napa River should someday play a big ro...

Oct 18, 2014

Napa's big question: Will it rain this winter?

Barry Eberline, Napa Valley Register

The stakes are high as California approaches a new rain season, although Napa County has weathered t...

Oct 20, 2014

A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon

Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle

A compost experiment that began seven years ago on a Marin County ranch has uncovered a disarmingly ...