Napa River Flood Protection and Watershed Management Plan
County of Napa, Napa, California
Resulting in the revitalization of Downtown Napa, this project was an award-winning national model for integrated flood protection and watershed management. MIG helped form and facilitate a Community Coalition of more than 20 community-based organizations to develop a local flood protection plan that would be environmentally sensitive and financially feasible for Napa County. The project received national coverage for its revolutionary solution to flood control—removing the existing system of dikes and levees and allowing the river to run free. As a result, Napa County residents voted to pay for the project’s implementation by passing (by a two-thirds majority) a measure to raise the County sales tax. The project received a National Planning Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.