Napa County, “Innovative Flood Control” – National County Government Month 2015
There is at least one biblical reference about turning water into wine—and there’s a whole chapter about flooding. Both of those things happen all the time in Napa County. Okay, the grape vines have to help turn water into wine, and now, even the flooding may be a thing of the past! Napa County is about 75 percent of the way through a multi-year, multi-project flood control program that has not only reduced the threat of flooding, it’s become a collaborative model for approaching multi-agency public works projects.
The Napa River is one of the last undammed rivers in California, running through some of the most valuable and well known ag land in the state. The river winds its way past world-class vineyards and wineries and through the towns of Calistoga and St. Helena. The banks of the Napa River are just more than a mile from the world renowned French Laundry restaurant in Yountville. Eventually, the river runs right through the center of the City of Napa on its way to San Pablo Bay.