reasons farmers are enrolling

The Fish Friendly Farming program offers farmers access to expertise on such problems as erosion and soil loss, stream bank failure, and water quality degradation. Implementation of this advice by the farmer through the FFF program not only benefits the environment, but also represents a cost-effective and efficient management strategy.

In addition, the FFF program has been proposed as a means of implementing the requirements of several adopted TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) in the counties of Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Mendocino, meaning that Fish Friendly Farming-certified sites may be considered compliant with TMDL regulations.  The TMDL's regulations are part of state and federal water quality laws and for these counties focus on reducing the amount of fine sediment entering creeks and rivers and on reducing stream water temperatures.

Here is what some grapegrowers are saying about the Fish Friendly Farming Program:

Bev Wasson, Alexander Valley grapegrower:
"Fish Friendly Farming allows a farmer to learn about the best practices for obtaining improved environmental conditions on the farm while retaining economic efficiency for small family farmers. It is a blueprint to assist us and give us encouragement to modify our practices and gain some positive recognition for our efforts."

Keith Horn, Director of North Coast Vineyard Operations, Constellation Wines US:
"Fish Friendly Farming provides a third party certification that documents environmentally-friendly land practices that benefit the farmer and the environment alike and we are proud to among the first to be recognized for our part in this important effort."

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Keith Horn accepts an award recognizing environmental achievements on behalf of Clos du Bois Winery.

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