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In our May newsletter, we celebrate Watershed Awareness Month and provide updates on two key pieces of legislation making their way through the process in Sacramento. 
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May 2017 E-News

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Dear friend,

If it seems like the number of daily and monthly observances for special interests is ever increasing, it’s probably because it is. They range from those that are more familiar (Women’s History Month, Ice Cream Month, and National Reading Month) to the more obscure (Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month, Mirth Month, and Subliminal Marketing Month). Yes, those are things. Really. 

The most effective of these special designations help us recognize the importance of an issue and encourage us to observe the best about what we learn every day of the year. The recent Earth Day celebration is such an example. 

Watershed Awareness Month in May is another. Here in Napa Valley watersheds and their continued and enhanced health are always top of mind. We understand that our environment and our economy are intricately connected and that when one is thriving so is the other. If you are unsure what a watershed is exactly, the
Watershed Information and Conservation Council explains the characteristics of a watershed, and specifically Napa Valley’s, in plain language.  

Joe Linton in his book, Down by the Los Angeles River, describes a watershed like this, "It's kind of like a bathtub -- no matter where you put water in it, the water will all drain down to that one little hole. No matter where rain falls in a watershed, that rain will drain down to that watershed's river." Or, more poetically, he writes, "A watershed is like a whole leaf, the veins of the leaf are the creeks, and the stem is the river." In short, we are all part of one whole system. 

We’ve included a few ways to help you revere watersheds this month and more information about the upcoming Watershed Symposium, which is an opportunity to learn from, and listen to, local experts and watershed enthusiasts on a variety of topics.
Register now if you haven’t already.  

When you’ve completed all of your watershed efforts, the party doesn’t have to be over. May is also BBQ Month, Get Caught Reading Month, and Creative Beginnings Month. The month also includes Pickle Week, Poetry Week, and Postcard Week. What you choose to do with that information is entirely up to you, but whatever you do, make it count and make it fun.  

Until next time, 

Jeri Hansen-Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County
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Legislative Update

Two key pieces of legislation are making their way through the process in Sacramento. Both are still in the early stages but promise to accelerate conversations and actions related to climate and energy in California and beyond. SNC will continue to monitor these bills and provide updates in future newsletters and on our Facebook page.   

The first,
SB 775 (Wieckowski and de León), seeks to revise and update the state’s current cap and trade and carbon pricing system so it is simple, reliable, and predictable. The bill also includes a per-capita dividend and the establishment of a border tax on imports. This border tax will  to be administered by a newly created Economic Competitiveness Assurance Program to make sure that in-state industry isn’t unduly impacted. Learn more...

The second, SB 100 (de León) proposes an ambitious new energy target requiring the state to generate 100 percent of its electricity sold at retail from renewable sources by the year 2045. Its current targets include a goal of generating 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by the year 2030. 

Making Connections

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May is Watershed Awareness Month
How will you celebrate?
  • Make an impact. Create backyard habitat, be water-wise, help local groups plant trees and pull invasive weeds, pick up trash!
  • Get out in your watershed. Take a guided wild flower hike, visit the Napa River fish trap, drop in on a birding field trip, tour your water supply and water treatment plants.
  • Attend the Napa County Watershed Symposium on May 24. Napa County’s biennial watershed event connects people interested in local watershed health.  Learn more...
Anything with a Cord Recycling Event
On Saturday, June 10, from 9 am to 2 pm, you can drop off anything with a cord (consumer electronics, TVs and monitors, computers, office equipment, etc.) at Napa Valley College in the soccer field parking lot. You can also bring clothing, shoes and household batteries, and it’s free! Learn more...

Volunteers Needed for 6th annual Bay-Friendly Garden Tour
Volunteers are needed to greet tour-goers and count visitors at each tour stop during the Garden Tour, which features 12 gardens in Napa and Yountville. Shifts are half-day and volunteers may spend the rest of the day touring gardens at no charge. Highlights include water-wise gardens with pollinator habitat, redwoods, oaks, and art, chickens, composting, orchards, and vegetable beds, lawn-free outdoor entertaining spaces, rain barrels, rain gardens and more! Learn more...

Don't Get Bugged
Mosquito season arrived early this year, but you can help control them before they become a problem.Regularly drain or change standing water near your home—some mosquitos need only a few tablespoons (!) of water to breed. If you use insect repellents, always read the label and be sure follow the directions. Learn more...
 

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, May 22, 6:30-8:30 pm
Water-Wise Workshop: Picking Perfect Plants for Your Garden
Senior Center, Napa


Wednesday, May 24, 8 am-3 pm
Napa County Watershed Symposium
Blue Note Napa


Saturday, May 29, 7:30 pm
Outdoor Film Night:  Project Wild Thing
Skyline Park, Napa


Sunday, June 4, 10 am
Bay-friendly Garden Tour
Napa and Yountville


Click here for more details on these events.

Did You Know...

Watersheds are all around us. You're sitting or standing on one right now. - source

Almost half the state’s water flows through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (often shorthanded to "Bay Delta"). It's an estuary that is more than 1,100 square miles and ranges over five counties. - source
 
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