The June 5 election this year provides us all the opportunity to vote for the most significant environmental protection initiative since the establishment of the Ag Preserve, 50 years ago.
In 1968, forward-looking citizens interested in preserving the treasure that is the Napa Valley, put forth the idea that protecting their home would require collaboration and compromise of a few for the better good.
The Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative, which is also coming from forward-looking citizens, intends to complete the process that began in 1968. This initiative will provide enhanced protections for our hillside watersheds by slowing and finally capping deforestation of our Ag Watershed and Open Space Lands.
By protecting our hillside oak woodlands and streams we will allow nature to take care of our most valuable resource, our water. It will create water quality buffer zones along the streams that begin in our hills, fill our reservoirs and flow into the Napa River. It will strengthen Napa County’s oak woodland removal requirements by establishing a cap on oak woodland removal to be phased in between now and 2030.
99.7 percent of climate scientists provide scientific facts that our earth is warming and our climate is disrupted. We cannot gamble with our water; we need to protect our water resources right here, right now. We are in for a prolonged drought, therefore action is required before it’s too late.
If we vote yes on the Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative, we will be ensuring that we end up with enough water for both farming and our cities.