River Otter 
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Re: “New Era on Tap

The Napa River is starved for water from April to first rains due to a heavy reliance by the wine industry on groundwater pumping in combination with surface water diversions. This River above tidal influence after April quickly becomes a series of stagnant pools and dry river bed. This watershed has been characterized as a biological hot spot due to the richness and abundance of flora and fauna but an ever expanding wine industry into fragile hillsides leaves riparian areas under siege with decimating ecosystems. The valley floor has already been mostly converted to vines, now the local water source areas in the hills are being deep ripped, contoured, stripped of natural vegetation and streams routed and put underground. These land use practices damage groundwater re-charge which Napa County refuses to consider in a credible water budget and safe yield for groundwater sustainability management.

Posted by River Otter on 01/02/2017 at 1:06 PM

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