On Friday, March 6, 2020, local activists filed an intent to gather signatures for a new initiative to protect our watersheds and water supply, the Napa County Water Sustainability Initiative of 2020, sponsored by the political action committee, Save Napa Valley.
We celebrate this initiative, which is about water security. The new initiative closes two major loopholes in the Water Quality and Tree Protection Ordinance of 2019 passed by the Board of Supervisors last April: forest removal mitigation on steep slopes already off-limits to development (“double-dipping”), and the reduced mitigation required for off-site preservation.
In the next couple of weeks, we’ll bring our readers an interview with the authors of the new ordinance where we will dive deep into the facts. Save Napa Valley is looking for volunteers to gather signatures between the last week of March and May 8. Contact information to follow.
Read the Napa Valley Register’s recent coverage here.