Joan Bennett, Co-Chair, Council Member
Ken Leary, Co-Chair, Vice Mayor
Vincent "Buzz" Butler
Keith Caldwell, Napa County Supervisor
Robyn Lee Myers
The Blue Ribbon Committee on Water Resources was established by the Mayor and City Council in 2007 to serve as a sounding board on all water-related issues. The committee includes elected and appointed city leaders, residents, developers with interests inside and outside the city limits, vineyard owners, business owners, and agency representatives, including a member of the Napa County Board of Supervisors. The Blue Ribbon Committee is a standing City Council committee and thus is subject to Brown Act open meeting regulations. Members serve open-ended terms.
The Committee was formed to assist in the preparation of an Integrated Water Management Plan to address all water resources― drinking water, recycled water, wastewater, groundwater, creeks, and wetlands― in a comprehensive way. Phase I of the Integrated Water Management Plan was completed in 2008 and included an analysis of existing conditions, a technical review of the Water Treatment Plant, a water loss audit, a report on threatened and endangered species constraints, a feasibility study of a well in the Newell Open Space Preserve, a funding assistance survey, an investigation into corrosion problems in portions of the water system, a unified hydrology analysis, and a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) report.
A water and wastewater rate and capacity fee study was prepared, which proposed substantial increases in water and wastewater rates and in capacity fees. After extensive review and public outreach, it was endorsed by the Blue Ribbon Committee and approved by the City Council at a public hearing in December 2007.
Phase II of the Integrated Water Management Plan was initiated in May 2009 with preparation of a preliminary design report for the upgrade and expansion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. As funds become available, other Phase II projects will be completed, including an estimate of anticipated resource demands, a feasibility study of a high capacity well field, a wastewater source identification and local limits study, an analysis of alternative water resource solutions, a water conservation feasibility study, an assessment of a possible well at the site of the American Canyon High School, and pilot testing of Water Treatment Plant modifications.
In 2011, the City Council adopted two policies recommended by the Blue Ribbon Committee, one related to the City’s raw water supply and the other concerning implementation of the Zero Water Footprint policy. The committee also served in an advisory capacity in the update of the Urban Water Management Plan adopted by City Council in September 2011.
The Committee is served by staff from the City Manager’s office and the Public Works Department, with assistance from other departments and the City Attorney as needed. For more information, contact Public Works at (707) 647-4558.