About Us

Who is the WICC and what do they do?


The WICC holds regular public meetings on the fourth Thursday of January, April, July and October at 3:00pm. At its first meeting of year the Council elects a new Chair and Vice-Chair and adopts its meeting calendar for the year. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.


Watersheds are foundational to both the natural and human landscape, including the economy for all who live and work in Napa County. Among their many attributes, they replenish groundwater; support riparian habitat; supply our wells and reservoirs; filter contamination; provide recreation; influence flood plains; and play a key role in wildfire management. The WICC improves the health of Napa County’s watersheds by informing and engaging the community; coordinating with other local committees and agencies; and advising the Board of Supervisors.

Guiding PrinciplesWICC Board During Strategic Planning Workshop

Collaboration is the most effective way to accomplish the mission of the WICC. The WICC supports and promotes the activities of watershed groups and organizations working within Napa County, and strives to facilitate cooperation among them. Participation in the WICC and provision of information to the WICC website is done voluntarily.

The WICC is intended to be part of the solution to watershed issues and concerns. The WICC remains politically neutral and not involved in the regulatory process, but rather collects and disseminates the best possible information to aid those involved in policy and decision-making.

The WICC seeks monies and grants from foundations, private individuals, organizations, and local, state and federal government agencies to address the financial needs to further its mission and goals.

The WICC Board of Directors

The Napa County Board of Supervisors passed Resolution No. 02-103 on May 21, 2002, creating the Watershed Information and Conservation Council (WICC). The WICC was chosen to represent the diversity of our community.

The role of the WICC is to assist the Supervisors in their decision-making process and serve as a conduit for citizen input by gathering, analyzing and recommending options related to the management of watershed resources countywide. The WICC has a responsibility to publicly evaluate and discuss matters relating to watershed restoration and resource protection activities, coordination of land acquisition, development of long-term watershed resource management plans and programs. The WICC also serves to provide public outreach and education, monitoring and assessment coordination, and data management of Napa County's water and watershed resources.

Membership as of October 26, 2023







Mariam Aboudamous City Council-American Canyon David Graves Member at Large David Oro City Council-American Canyon
Michelle Benvenuto Member at Large
Ryan Gregory Board of Supervisors Beth Painter Vice Mayor-Napa
Barry Christian Napa Co. Regional Parks and Open Space District (Vice-Chair) Eric Hall Vice Mayor-St. Helena Alfredo Pedroza Board of Supervisors
Tosha Comendant Public At Large Lester Hardy City Council-St. Helena
Heather Phillips Conservation, Development
and Planning Commission
Scott Cooper City Council-Calistoga
Eric Knight Vice Mayor-Yountville Bill Pramuk Napa County Resource Conservation Dist.
Anne Cottrell Board of Supervisors
Jason Lauritsen Member at Large Kimberly Richard Member at Large
Evelyn Denzin Nat. Res. Conservation Service Pamela  Reeves Town Council-Yountville
Pamela Smithers Member at Large
Lisa Gift City Council-Calistoga Bernie Narvaez City Council-Napa    


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