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How-to tips for holiday recycling

Thursday December 18, 2014

The City of Napa and Napa Recycling & Waste Services encourage an aggressive approach to recycling this holiday season. Consider alternatives to traditional and common waste-generating holiday items. For example, use reusable gift bags or cloth shopping bags rather than wrapping paper - washable plates, glasses and silverware can replace disposable plates, cups and silverware. Trim the tree with LED lights to save energy, buy rechargeable batteries, and look for items with recycled-content. Make sure you pair up a recycling bin with every trash bin to capture as much recycling as possible at your party. Done with that tree?  Your local Boy Scout Troops will be around on Saturday, January 3 to pick it up. (Have your tree at the curb by 9am on that date.) New TV this year? The Napa Recycling & Composting Facility located at 820 Levitin Way accepts electronics free year-round.  What to do with all those batteries?  Check out the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Guide in the Napa phone book yellow pages under “recycling” or online at for a complete list of drop off locations and for more waste reduction and year-round recycling information.

Disaster Assistance Tops $30 Million for South Napa Earthquake

Thursday December 18, 2014 

FEMA reports that State and federal disaster assistance now totals more than $30 million for people and businesses affected by the South Napa Earthquake. The current total includes $8.8 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), as well as $21.2 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

In addition, FEMA has provided more than $750,000 in grants to local governments and state agencies to help them defray response costs and repair infrastructure damage. Thus, the total amount of federal aid to the disaster area is $30.8 million.

Public meeting set for review of quake report

Tuesday December 16, 2014

A public meeting on the South Napa Earthquake will be held Monday, January 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School Street. The purpose of the meeting is to review the quake report by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (GEER). This report was prepared in collaboration with the California Geological Survey, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, and U.S. Geological Survey. The South Napa Earthquake created a unusually well-defined surface rupture that produced damage to structures and infrastructure both within the immediate vicinity of the fault zone and throughout the community. A subsequent investigative effort included, but was not limited to, documenting seismology and ground motions of the event, mapping the surface fault rupture and fault traces, and recording infrastructural damage. Key observations of surface fault rupture were made, both in the field and using various remote sensing methods, and forecasting afterslip focused mostly in Browns Valley area, as well as assessing the shaking uniformity in downtown Napa where many buildings were also significantly damaged. Follow the link below to view the entire GEER report.

Time running out to apply for South Napa Earthquake Disaster Assistance

UPDATED Thursday December 18, 2014

(This message from Cal OES and FEMA is provided courtesy of the City of Napa.)
Individuals and business owners in Napa and Solano counties who had damages or losses as a result of the South Napa Earthquake have two weeks left to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Officials with FEMA and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) urge anyone who still needs help to register before the deadline – Dec. 29, 2014.

After serving some 2,500 homeowners, renters and business owners who had damages from the South Napa Earthquake, FEMA’s presence at the Napa Earthquake Local Assistance Center at 301 1st St. in Napa will end at 6 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 29. But help is still available in person, online and over the phone.

An update from the Water Division

Tuesday December 9, 2014

For the last four days, the City of Napa Water Division has been serving customers from the local reservoir, Lake Hennessey, in order to avoid extremely high levels of taste and odor-causing algae currently present in the North Bay Aqueduct water supply. This water, which comes from the Sacramento Delta, was impacted by organic material washed into the water supply by recent heavy rains. While Napa customers are now receiving the highest quality of water available at this time, this water from Lake Hennessey does have a noticeable earthy or musty taste and odor this time of year. Water quality is monitored continuously at our treatment plants and within our distribution system, and all water is completely safe to use for all purposes and meets all State and Federal regulations for safe drinking water. 

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