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Bark in the Park: Responsible Pet Walking – Feb. 26

Join us for a community dog walk to learn about responsible walking and hiking that also protects the environment. In order to preserve clean water, soil, and wildlife we will discuss simple things that dog owners can do to share the trails. Dogs must be on-leash and under voice control. Participants will receive a fact sheet, leash dispenser, and light-up dog tag! Bark in the Park (AmCan dog day) When: February 26, 3pm – 5pm Where: Wetlands Edge Trail, 2 Eucalyptus Drive, American Canyon, CA Cost: Free Sponsors: Napa County RCD, Napa Countywide Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, City of American Canyon Parks & Recreation For more information contact Eric@NapaRCD.org or call (707) 252-4189 x3120...

Laundry to Landscape Workshop Materials

Learn how to install a laundry to landscape greywater system in your own home during this hands-on workshop~ December 4 ~Evaluation Form: workshop attendees please take 5 minutes to let us know what you think! Workshop Materials: 2016- Powerpoint slides 2015-Powerpoint slides Greywater system user manual – template Irrigation sizing worksheet Three-way valve handle direction pictures  Soil absorption formula sheet Greywater system components diagram More Links: Learn more about requirements of no-permit greywater systems in California Learn more about Laundry-to-Landscape systems from Daily Acts Contact: Jemma Williams, Jemma@naparcd.org or 707-252-4189 x3117 Hosts: Napa County RCD, City of Napa Water Division, County of Napa- Public...

Winterizing Your Vineyard

Winterizing your Vineyard By Charles Schembre, Vineyard Conservation Coordinator After conducting winterization/erosion control inspections on over 150 vineyard properties throughout the County, we want to take a moment to share our observations. Ground cover is one of the most critical erosion control BMP’s. Rains came early and steady this fall, promoting ideal conditions for cover crop seed germination and natural revegetation of ground cover.  We have seen very few large erosion issues in Napa County this year, most likely as a result of excellent ground cover.  A few vineyards, most of which were developed this year, experienced erosional issues from the first couple of medium size storm events because there has not been enough time for the soil to re-stabilize.    Straw wattles are often installed poorly.  Straw wattles will not function to mitigate soil erosion and concentrated flow if they are installed improperly.  We recommend that vineyard staff are educated every year about how to properly key in straw wattles.  The method below takes time, but if a straw wattle is not installed property it is useless. How to property install a straw wattle Install the wattle on contour so that it is near dead level. You can simply use a hand level in the field to achieve this. Dig small trenches across the slope on contour. The trench should be deep enough to accommodate half the thickness of the roll, roughly 6 inches deep. It is critical that the rolls are installed perpendicular to water flow. Lay the roll along the trenches fitting it snugly against the soil, making sure no caps exist between the soil and the wattle Drive 1×2 or 2×2...

2016 Watershed Awareness Calendar – Now Available

  This year’s Watershed Awareness Calendar focuses on Napa County Hikes & Trails. Each month features a local trail with inviting images from 20 local photographers. Pick up your copy from our office today, or pick up a copy at one of the distribution hubs around the County – such as Napa Library, City, and County offices.   Free calendars are provided to our community thanks to the RCD and the Watershed Information & Conservation Council of Napa County.   Consider a donation to support the Watershed Awareness Calendar. A $5 donation goes a long way towards supporting the calendar and RCD programs. You can donate easily through the “Donate” buttons on this website.   Or, donate to RCD  via the Napa Valley Give!Guide until December 31. All Give!Guide donations come with a gift from RCD to you. See details by following this link....
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