How are you spending #EarthDay ? Today, we celebrated the success of Measure A and the Rutherford Napa River Restoration Team with Congressman @repmikethompson , Senator @senbilldodd , Mayor @jilltechel , Supervisor @bradwagenknecht.
Almost exactly 10 years ago, the Rutherford Dust Restoration Team (#RDRT ) broke ground on a watershed restoration project along the 4.5 miles of Napa River banks from Zinfandel Lane to Oakville Cross in Rutherford AVA. The Napa River restoration effort was initiated by the Rutherford Dust Society (RDS) to explore solutions to address flood and erosion risks, as well as how to improve the overall function in the Rutherford reach of the river.
Working with the Napa County Flood Control District and the Napa County Resource Conservation District, the Rutherford Dust Restoration Team formed a collaborative public-private partnership to seek support and identify resources to promote and push the visionary restoration plan forward.
RDRT secured 100% buy-in from twenty-eight separate landowners, who in turn committed eighteen acres of prime vineyard land to convert back to floodplain and native riparian forest.
For California’s agricultural sector and beyond, this project provides a community-based leadership model for watershed restoration. It is arguably one of the most ambitious initiatives of its kind, and one of the few comprehensive reach-scale restoration projects in the region to move beyond just planning into on-the-ground implementation.
#napariver #measureA #napacounty #watershed #restoration #floodcontrol #habitatrestoration #rutherforddust #rutherfordava #sustainability - 21 minutes ago