News & Events

Meetings and events relevant to DENW issues are featured on this page.

Napa County Board of Supervisors meetings and Planning Commission meetings schedules are on the Napa County website. Agendas, docs and some videos are also available there.


Litigation update: Feb. 14, 2018

There was a great turnout at the February 13th hearing on the merits for Walt Ranch in the Napa Superior Court. Details on the hearing, outcome and next court date in this article.

Litigation update: December 2018

In January of 2017, following Napa County Board of Supervisors’ rejection of the appeals filed by Circle Oaks, Living Rivers Council, the Sierra Club and Center for Biodiversity, all parties filed a Petition for Writ of Mandamus in the Napa Superior Court seeking to uphold key provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Details and links to the filings are in this article.

Update: Noise and Acoustics

While the new restrictions are welcome, they falls short of meeting the serious concerns about pedestrian safety and the deteriorated condition of Circle Oaks roads that may still be used by Walt Ranch for any purposes which were not restricted.

Update: Erosion and Land Subsidence

Upon further review of July 2016 Supplemental Report submitted by AES on behalf of the Walt Ranch project, Kamman’s report of August 26, 2016 determined these issues.

Appeal Hearings Dates

Three days of hearings on the formal appeal, filed with the Napa County Board of Supervisors, have been scheduled.

Appeal filed by Circle Oaks Homeowners and Water Boards

A formal appeal was filed on September 1, 2016 with the Napa County Board of Supervisors challenging the approval of the Walt Ranch Vineyard Conversion Project. Critical issues were ignored by the county and are addressed in this appeal.

What the Halls Say Versus the Facts

One is never completely useless: One can always serve as a bad example! The Walt Ranch project is increasingly understood to be a bad example of land use in our Ag Watersheds.

Climate Action Protection and Walt Ranch

Destruction of thousands of oak and other indigenous trees for vineyard conversion projects has created a collision course with the environment, steadily reducing the ability of our earth to naturally offset green house gas (GHG) emissions.