Slow It, Spread It, Sink It! This cheer encourages us to think carefully about how we direct stormwater runoff from our property. The tenth annual Watershed Awareness calendar shares tips and techniques for slowing, spreading, and sinking stormwater in Napa County. The calendar is free and available now at the Napa County Resource Conservation District.
The Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership just completed its summer water quality education program. Bilgee the Bilge Pad and the summer interns distributed hundreds of bilge pads to boaters and completed hundreds of surveys of both boaters and day users. Watch this short video to learn more.
The City of American Canyon recognizes the importance of planning for future energy needs and reducing dependence on energy sources that contribute to climate change. As part of its committment to developing a coordinated approach to energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions within the community and the local government, the City recently approved an Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan (EECAP) to enhance energy efficiency throughout the city's residential, commercial, and industrial communities.
Where do our returning Chinook salmon come from? Recently scientists analyzed the genetic signature of juvenile and adult fish in the Napa River to evaluate their relationship to other fish populations in the state. The results suggest that the vast majority of Chinook we see in the River each year are closely related to Central Valley fish (as opposed to northern CA fish). It is still unclear if all or at least some fraction of the fish that were analyzed were actually born in Central Valley rivers and strayed in, or if they merely had Central Valley heritage and were born in the Napa River. We are hoping to answer this question in the coming years with additional analysis. In the meantime, at least the puzzle of our salmon’s ancestry is getting a little clearer.