Napa Valley’s Rutherford Ranch winery growth approvals appealed

Aug 4, 2023 at 1:10pm

Barry Eberling, Napa Register

Rutherford Ranch winery's bid to have more visitors and employees will have a sequel, with water at the heart of the matter.

The Napa County Planning Commission on June 21 approved the winery's growth requests. Water Audit California has appealed the decision to the county Board of Supervisors.

Opposition to the approval focuses on Conn Creek, which Water Audit California said is home to federally protected steelhead trout. The group alleged the county has done too little to ensure Rutherford Ranch groundwater pumping doesn't sap water from the creek.

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