EDITOR: Napa County’s water future will be decided on June 5. A yes vote on Measure C, the Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative, would protect that future. Measure C is a well-written initiative, based on the best current science and would put in place reasonable measures to protect Napa County’s water supply. It would be good for agricultural, good for the wine industry, good for all of us in the county. Measure C would stop unsustainable expansion of vineyards in our hillside watershed.
Napa County’s vineyard/wine/tourism economy makes our valley a desirable place to live and visit. But this interdependent economy cannot be sustained if we predicate our thinking on an unlimited water future.
Expanding vineyards into our hillside watershed means less water reaches our reservoirs and recharges our groundwater. Groundwater and reservoir levels drop, leaving less water for existing uses. Given the current climate predictions of less rainfall and more dangerous and frequent droughts, we need to guard what we have to maintain our valley as it is.
I am voting yes on Measure C to ensure a stable, secure and clean water future for Napa County.