NapaVision 2050: Water is the new oil

Groundwater is an important part of the hydrologic cycle

Groundwater is the New Oil
You may not even know it is there, but it is critical to our water resources for now and the future.  A team of Napa Vision 2050 board and steering committee members made this issue a top priority. With thanks to powerful letters and original research, all their work, as well as that of other groups, has led the California Department of Water Resources to look deeply into Napa County’s inadequate groundwater management and to require Napa County to form a Groundwater Sustainability Agency. This agency must study the situation with new data collection and put the brakes on groundwater depletion.

There’s a lot to celebrate in this action, but it’s not over. Decisions are to be made about who, exactly, is to be on this new GSA, which is critical. We have to stay on top of this. Documents regarding the latest on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act actions are hereJoin us in following and participating in this important issue. Having water for the future depends on doing this right. Help us keep up the fight. 

(L) Skyline in winter. (R) NV2050 board members Laura Tinthoff and Kathy Felch in Sacramento advocating for Skyline.

Saving ALL of Skyline Wilderness Park  
Our board member Kathy Felch  lends her legal mind and countless hours of study, meetings and trips to Sacramento to the fight for Skyline, keeping us all informed of the details that matter. She led us to hold a Town Hall style meeting for concerned residents where some of our supervisors and commissioners attended and spoke, and where the public was kept apprised of the situation, the risks and the possibilities we want to make a reality.

A new bill, effective January 1, 2020, allows the State of California, the current owner of Skyline Wilderness Park, to sell  some or all  of the land we know as Skyline Wilderness Park to the County or to the Napa Regional Park and Open Space District. Unfortunately  one of the most-used twenty acres of the park is now listed by the Department of General Services (DGS) for affordable housing. We are working to remove this acreage from the DGS list so the entire park can be sold to our local agency. Supporting Measure K will be important in 2020 also, because it will fund the Napa Regional Park and Open Space District for the acquisition of Skyline. Read more about this here .  Please support these efforts which benefit the entire community. 

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Our Top Reasons for Doing What We Do

  • You, the residents of Napa County who deserve clean air, water, and a healthy, safe environment.
  • Your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who deserve the same.
  • The diverse, unique, and fragile natural environment of this valley.
  • Climate Change, which must inform and drive all of our decisions.
  • Pure and powerful love of this unique place on the planet that only together, can we preserve for the future.

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Protect an oak, a watershed, a stream, an owl, or a breath of fresh, clean air for all of us.

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Eyes on Napa: Co-editors, Patricia Damery and Debby Fortune, Editorial Board: Charlotte Williams, Kathy Felch, Rusty Cohn. Contact the editors at