Rainfall Update ~ December 2017

Dry December… It was an extremely dry month in Napa Valley with most gauges measuring only a trace of rainfall.  On average, we receive 21% of our annual rain during the month of December, and a total of 36% by December 31.  This December, we received approximately 0.2% of mean annual rainfall, bringing us to 14.5% for the water year (WY). It was the driest December in Napa since WY 1989-90, although it is not uncommon to receive low rainfall during the month.  Below average rainfall has been recorded in 18 of the past 30 Decembers.  Less than 1 inch of rain was measured at the Napa State Hospital gauge (December average 5.26 inches) in 6 of 30 Decembers, including recent water years 2011-12 and 2013-14.  In our dataset, below-average Decembers are associated with dry years; however, hope of salvation remains.  Low December rainfall has occurred in wet years 3 times in the 30-year record. – Paul Blank, Senior Hydrologist –

Acorn Giveaway!

        In response to the tri-county (Mendocino, Sonoma, & Napa) post-wildfire excitement for oak woodland restoration, Napa RCD is excited to announce that we have acorns to give away for planting projects this fall! We can provide valley oak, coast live oak, black oak, and blue oak (very limited) acorns.   If you have a great spot for new oaks on your property, and would like to conduct your own plantings, fill out this ACORN ORDER FORM AND email Jemma to set up an appointment to pick up acorns. We can provide guidance and protection tubes.   We are also still collecting acorns in partnership with CNPS.   More About...

After the Fire – RCD and NRCS Can Help

From Leigh Sharp, Executive Director, Napa RCD In the wake of recent fires in Napa County, our thoughts go out to those affected, especially those directly impacted by the loss of a home, a business, or a loved one. Through the fires and in recent weeks, the outpouring of community concern and interest in contributing to post-fire recovery is awe-inspiring and a true testament to how our community and our region can come together to care for one another and our environment. In the past week, efforts have shifted from first response to long-term recovery. Coordinated efforts are underway to evaluate the impacts of the wildfires and to develop a post-fire recovery strategy. Watershed Emergency Response Teams (WERTs) have been assembled by Cal Fire to conduct rapid assessments of the fire incident areas to identify erosion prone areas that could pose a threat to life and developed property. These WERT assessments will provide an initial assessment of recommended actions to protect life and infrastructure. The RCD is participating in a Post-Fire Watershed Recovery Working Group comprised of local and regional agencies and organizations to coordinate actions and communication, to identify the breadth of resources available for recovery, to avoid redundancy in services, and to identify gaps in services. Through recovery, RCD’s objective is to coordinate our efforts and services with those offered by other agencies and organizations and provide the best overall support possible to our community. To that end, RCD, along with our local and regional partners, has already begun to evaluate the potential short- and long-term impacts of burned areas on our watersheds, to compile resources to...

Post-Fire – Resources for Managing your Land

RCD and NRCS are here to help RCD is working closely with our partner,  Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), to provide the following services: Site visits and planning services for landowners and managers about concerns related to potential erosion, stream impediments, etc. Connect agricultural landowners with potential funding resources   Coordinate a growing interest in re-oaking Napa County Provide Facts Sheets and Resources For assistance, contact the RCD via Leigh Sharp or the NRCS via Emma Chow. Read the full letter from Leigh Sharp, Napa RCD Executive Director   FACT SHEETS & RESOURCES Step 1 to Fire Recovery — Helpful Information for All Properties Dos and Don’ts (pdf) Post Fire Top Ten Things to Consider (pdf) After the Fire – Preparing for Winter Preparing for Winter (pdf) Preparing for Winter in Vineyards, Orchards, Rangelands (pdf) Preparing Unpaved Roads (pdf) Straw Wattle – Typical Drawing (pdf) Tips for Mulching (pdf) Protecting Bare/Distrurbed Soils and Slopes (pdf) Monitoring Erosion, Roads, Creeks, Trees (pdf) Straw Wattles Straw Wattle – Typical Drawing (pdf) Video: How to Install Fiber Rolls – 7 minutes To Seed or Not to Seed General Recommendations (pdf) Some Notes about Seeding Grasses following Wildfire (pdf) Mulch Done Well: An Alternative to Seeding (pdf) Erosion Control Vendors and Local Native Plant Seed Sources: Erosion Control Vendors (pdf) Hedgerow Farms – Winters LeBallisters – Santa Rosa Harmony Farm Supply – Sebastapol Larner Seeds – Bolinas After the Fire – Forests and Oak Woodlands Burned Oaks – Which Will Survive? (pdf) Recovering from Wildfire – Forest and Woodland (pdf) Fire Restoration Forestland & Woodland (pdf) Survival of Fire Injured Conifers in California (pdf) Hazard Tree Removal (pdf)    ...