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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.