Eyes on Napa - December 3, 2019
An Inspiring New Candidate for District 4 
Amber Manfree 
Join us for Amber Manfree's Campaign Kickoff this Friday evening, December 6, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Napa Women's Club, 218 Franklin Street in the City of Napa.
Please click on the photo above to RSVP.

Amber is available to meet individuals or groups by appointment at Umpqua Bank Conference Room, 1500 Soscol Ave., Napa. 
Please contact her if you are interested in hosting a meet-and-greet or fundraising events at:

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Victory for Water Protection
Napa Valley's extensive sub-basin must now be managed properly and no longer serve as the private punch bowl for deep drilling corporate vineyards
By Napa Vision 2050 Board Officer, Gary Margadant
Gary Margadant is on the board of the Mt. Veeder Stewardship Council and has actively researched and advocated for effective groundwater management in Napa County for many years. 

Four years ago California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) which 
required areas designated groundwater deficient to demonstrate that the basin was being actively managed. Napa County prepared a report in which they, and their consultants, claimed a demonstrated history of groundwater management. Napa Vision 2050 and many others [see below] found fault with that assessment and reported their concerns to the State's Department of Water Resources (DWR). The DWR rejected the County’s assertion, the county spent more money countering and most recently, the DWR issued a final rejection.

In its required, and submitted, report to the state, Napa County failed to provide evidence of meeting all the necessary required thresholds. The state denied the county’s proposal, deeming it inadequate. This leaves the county with three choices: 

1) Do nothing and then the state will take over the aquifer management.

2) Form a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) to properly manage the aquifer as directed by the state in its last response.
3) Sue the state for incorrect management of the SGMA (Sustainable Groundwater Management Act) law.

Should Napa County decide to pursue legal action, Napa Vision 2050 stands in strong opposition. This would incur an enormous cost to the county and presents an unacceptable delay for all residents of Napa County, leaving no emergency plans for a disastrous and quite possible incoming period of drought.

As with the wildfires, if we have not developed emergency plans and prepared our property to be fire-safe, a disaster awaits. We as a county, do not need another level of disaster because the county failed to properly investigate and manage our underground water resources. Napa County needs to form a non-partisan, scientist and citizen-based GSA to properly, and equitably manage the aquifer, using the best possible up-to-date methods and data collection, unsullied by local industry influencers.
Note from the Editors:
If the county is incapable or unwilling to do this job properly, perhaps the best solution is to allow the state to step in and manage the SGMA requirements. If our local government is not up to the job or has succumbed to the lobbying of Big Agriculture and gluttonous grape growing, then it may be preferable, and politically unpolluted by industry pressure, for the state to take over. Could this be the ethical, long term solution?
Because Vigilant Locals Were On It
Read the Stories Behind the Story
To explore the history of this situation, visit the SGMA Portal at this link. You'll find the extensive research and comments by our local water heroes. 

You will find a powerhouse roster of letters, loaded with science and research, presented by those who saw the serious and compromised flaws in Napa's plans. It is compelling reading. Read the letters from: 
  • Institute for Conservation Advocacy Research and Education, ICARE, Chris Malan, et al. 
  • The Nature Conservancy, Sacramento, California,
  • Mount Veeder Stewardship Council, Gary Margadant
  • California Department of Water Resources, Senior Engineering Geologist, North Central Region
  • National Marine Fisheries Service, NOA, California Coastal Office, Santa Rosa
  • Watersheds Alliance for Atlas Peak, Gordon Evans
  • Union of Concerned Scientists, California
  • Clean Water Action California
  • Napa Vision 2050, Daniel Mufson
  • Bell Canyon Watershed Alliance, Michael Hackett 

Please take note that the ONLY vociferous proponents of the plans that the state found inadequate are the wine industry lobbying organizations.  Read the letters from: 
  • The Napa Valley Vintners Association
  • Winegrowers of Napa County
  • The Farm Bureau 
We have got to get the politics out of protecting our water.
Napa Valley Register, State tells Napa County to form agency to monitor Napa Valley groundwater, 11/22/19

California Department of Water Resources, SGMA PORTAL

“What this means is Napa County is going to have to sustainably manage groundwater.” 
- Chris Malan 
We Need Your Presence and Your Voice Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4, 2019
The Planning Commission reviewed the draft ordinance and will be continuing the review and accepting public comment on December 4, 2019. It is critical that our community members attend this meeting in support of the draft ordinance. It will then go to the Board of Supervisors on December 17, 2019. 
Please join us in making sure we do solar right. 
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Contact Laura Tinthoff,; 707.339.1481
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Eyes on Napa: Co-editors, Patricia Damery and Debby Fortune, Editorial Board: Charlotte Williams, Kathy Felch, Rusty Cohn.