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Napa CARE (County Adopt-a-Roadside Effort) 

Napa C.A.R.E. is a great opportunity for businesses, clubs, nonpolitical organizations, etc. to help clean up and care for our environment. Participation may be by removing litter, planting wildflowers or a combination of both.  Participants can:

  • do the work with their own volunteers 
  • hire a contractor or 
  • enlist the help of volunteers from the Volunteer Center

This program is designed to promote civic responsibility and community pride, while being fun, educational and worthwhile.CARE sign

Why adopt a roadside?

  •  Increase public involvement  
  •  Promote public awareness.  
  •  Help supplement County resources, saving taxpayer dollars and freeing up roadway workers to deal with higher priority road maintenance.  
  •  Replace wildflowers lost to roadside construction, urban development and agricultural expansion 
  •  Provide enjoyment, interest and pleasure to the senses of motorists and residents alike.  
  •  Increas vegetation that provides wildlife habitat, consumes C02 and helps reduce air pollution.  
  •  Get recognition with a roadside sign.  
  •  Get the pride and satisfaction of a job well done. 
  •  It's good exercise! 

How do I adopt a roadside?  

  1. Select the location and type of work you would like.
  2. Discuss the location and project with Napa C.A.R.E. Coordinator.
  3. Develop a work plan for the project.
  4. If location chosen is deemed acceptable for adoption and availability, apply for a permit.
  5. If you want to adopt more than one section of roadside, you must designate a primary section. A section is one mile, or the entire road if the entire road is less than 1 mile (both sides). You can adopt up to a total of 4 miles of road.

What am I committing to?

  1. Pick up litter along designated roadside, a minimum four times a year, maximum twelve times a year.
  2. Plant and maintain wildflowers, bulbs or native shrubs for two years, according to approved plan.
  3. Follow all safety and permit requirements (below andin the information packet).
  4. Provide weatherproof decals of your organization's standardized logos if you want them on the recognition panel.

What will the County do? 

  1. Provide use of safety gear: orange vests, signing, gloves and trash nabbers.
  2. Provide free trash bags and dispose of the trash you collect. (We encourage separation of recyclable trash from generic trash and invite you to take recyclable trash with you.)
  3. Issue the permit at no charge.
  4. Assist you with planting plans and technical help.
  5. Install recognition sign.
  6. Pick up and deliver any equipment and resources we provide County.

Insurance and indemnity requirements

Organizations must maintain a valid certificate of insurance for general liability and a Worker’s Compensation policy covering their employees.

Organizations and individuals that are approved to participate in the C.A.R.E. program shall hold the County of Napa harmless for death, injury or property damage, which might have been prevented by the permittee and/or individual participants. Please refer to page two of the C.A.R.E. Application. After your permit and certificate of insurance is received and approved, you may start work.

What roads/sections are adoptable?

1) Sides of County roads (not in municipal areas)

2) that have been deemd safe by the County.

Sections may NOT be adoptable if: 

  • That section is already adopted.
  • Access to work areas is unsafe.
  • The work area is unsafe unless there is additional traffic control.
  • The shoulders or roadside are too narrow.
  • Visibility is too restricted.
  • Construction or other work is under way or planned.
  • Traffic is too heavy or too close.
  • Vehicle runoff potential is too high.
  • Terrain is too rugged or too steep.
  • Brush or vegetation is too dense.
  • There is no area available for appropriate for planting.

What if I want to adopt a section that is already adopted?

  • Your name will be put on a waiting list.
  • If the section becomes availalbe, you will have a chance to adopt that section according to your rank on the waiting list.
  • If this is not the current adopter's primary section, you may have a chance to adopt it when their permit expires.

What if I want to adopt more than one section?

  • One participant or group may adopt up to four miles (sections) of roadside.
  • Renewal privileges are not automatic if others are on a waiting list.

What if someone else wants to adopt one of my sections?

  • You may not transfer your permit to another person or group.
  • Adopted sections, other than your primary section, are not renewable IF others are on the waiting list for those sections. You need only relinquish one section per group that has no other adoptions.

Safety standards  

  • The program depends on the common sense and responsibility of the individual participants.
  • Participants must follow all safety standards due to the potentially hazardous environment.
  • Read, understand and conform to the provisions in your permit.
  • Provide a copy of the safety requirements to each participant.
  • Permittee shall conduct an initial safety meeting and discussion before beginning the project.
  • Review safety requirements with your group each time before going out.
  • Each work group must have a copy of the permit and safety requirements with them on the roadside.
  • Do not work on holiday weekends or 24 hours before holiday weekends.
  • Do not work when it is raining or foggy and when roads are wet or icy.
  • Do not start work before 8:00 a.m. Stop working before dusk.
  • Do not touch potentially hazardous materials such as powders, chemicals, weapons, sharp objects, syringes or dead animals, etc. Please notify the County of these hazardous materials and objects as soon as possible.
  • Avoid overexertion and drink plenty of water.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages or drugs before entering or while on the right-of-way.  

Safety Gear, Clothing and Equipment

  • Wear equipment provided by County: orange vests and gloves whenever you are out on the roadside; put these on ahead of time.
  • Recommended wear: long pants, sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeve shirts, hat (light colored clothing) and sunscreen.
  •  Place signage as directed by the County.
  • No portable restrooms will be allowed in the County right-of-way.
  •  Use trash nabs, not your hands, for litter removal.

Access and Parking 

  • Park off of the roadway.
  • If you drive to roadside areas, try to carpool.
  • Vehicles used to transport workers, equipment or materials to roadside section must be parked completely off the roadway.
  • Do not park any vehicles in a grassy area, where the exhaust systems could start a fire.
  • Do not use your emergency flashers when parked.
  • If you are working some distance from your vehicle display your permit, or a note in your vehicles windshield, for the California Highway Patrol identification, indicating “Napa C.A.R.E. Crew Working”.
  • Improperly parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed by the California Highway Patrol.
  • Exit and enter your vehicle on the side away from traffic, whenever possible.

When on foot  

  • Walk and work facing the direction of oncoming traffic; be alert and keep an eye on traffic.
  • Do not walk on the roadway, shoulders, and bridges.
  • Do not enter drainage facilities and structures.
  • Never work in the median, roadway or shoulders of roadway.
  • Use caution when crossing roadways; use crosswalks and signalized intersections where available.

Recognition Signs & Certificate of Appreciation  

  • Signs are placed at the beginning of your project or where the County deems safe or most appropriate.
  • Signs may vary in size due to their location.
  • The decision to place signs, their size and location are at the sole discretion of the County.
  • Signs for one adopter shall not encroach upon another adopter’s section.
  • The sign is limited to adopter’s name and logo. No products, phone numbers or streets, etc. may be identified.  

The permit holder shall follow these safety standards pursuant to these guidelines. The County of Napa Department of Public Works reserves the right to revoke permission of aforementioned permit at any time.

When removing litter . . .  

  •  Place all filled bags in one pile off of the paved roadway. (Notify the County to pick-up as soon as possible.)  
  • Do not trespass on private property.

When planting wildflowers . . .