Among the values threatened by the controversial Le Colline project is the water quality of Lake Hennessey, source of some 70 percent of the City of Napa’s drinking water.
Also in the crosshairs: habitat for rare species such as the foothill yellow-legged frog and Coast Range newt. Adjacent Linda Falls Nature Preserve, with its popular trails and impressive 50-foot waterfall (pictured above), would be within view of the project’s expansive deforestation.
The environmental report covering the proposal is incomplete with regard to carbon emissions, giving the lie to its touted “net zero” billing.
(Starting in 2016 Forests Forever campaigned for what became Measure C on Napa County’s 2018 ballot. It would have established no-cut stream buffers and limited the destruction of watershed-buffering oak woodlands in the county. Despite being outspent by millions Measure C came within a mere 641 votes of victory. The campaign added momentum to the fight against the sprawling Walt Ranch development, which was recently halted.)
There is a hearing Aug. 15 on a Le Colline appeal now under consideration. Email or phone the county planning staff and supervisors, and/or attend the hearing in person on the 15th.
For a glimpse of the area scroll down to our Resources section and view a three-minute video.
For the forests,