The State Department of Water Resources “isn’t convinced that Napa County is adequately managing groundwater that sustains the area’s vineyards, wineries, rural residents and Napa River fish.” So states the July 19th
issue of the Register. We agree.
The state claims the 1,000+ page basin report submitted by Napa County is inadequate to allow them to make a judgment one way or the other. If the county cannot convince them to reverse this finding, a subbasin sustainability plan will need to be developed. The county has 30 days to convince the state it is adequately managing its groundwater.
Political activist Mike Hackett also claims the measures the county has taken so far have been inadequate to accurately assess the groundwater situation. He believes it is necessary to go beyond what the state mandates in order to consider the interdependence of the Napa Valley subbasin, other local groundwater basins and the Napa River and waterways: “All of our water resources are connected.”
Our gratitude to the number of citizens who studied this project and wrote letters of concern to the State Department of Water Resources-- and to those who listened.
For the full Napa Register article, click here
Want to know who to contact on groundwater issues? Click here or see photo below.
A great Letter to the Editor by water activist Chris Malan this week, tying together the issues around water, hillsides, and climate emergency. Click here