Adopt-a-Roadside (Napa C.A.R.E.)
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 include removing litter, planting wildflowers, or a combination of both.
- 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.
Insurance & 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 Napa C.A.R.E. Application (PDF). After your permit and certificate of insurance is received and approved, you may start work.
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.
Reasons Sections Aren't Adoptable
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 planting
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
- Permittee shall provide all planting materials
- Plant only wildflowers, bulbs or native shrubs listed in our Wildflower Listing (PDF)
- Do not plant or trespass on private property
- Why adopt a roadside?
- Increases public involvement
- Promotes 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.
- Increase vegetation that provides wildlife habitat, consumes carbon dioxide, 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?
- Select the location and type of work you would like.
- Discuss the location and project by emailing the Napa C.A.R.E. Coordinator.
- Develop a work plan for the project.
- If location chosen is deemed acceptable for adoption and availability, apply for a permit.
- 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?
- Pick up litter along designated roadside, a minimum of four times a year, and a maximum twelve times per year.
- Plant and maintain wildflowers, bulbs or native shrubs for two years, according to an approved plan.
- Follow all safety and permit requirements (below and in the information packet (PDF)).
- Provide weatherproof decals of your organization's standardized logos if you want them on the recognition panel.
- What will the County do?
- Provide use of safety gear: orange vests, signing, gloves, and trash nabbers.
- 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.)
- Issue the permit at no charge.
- Assist you with planting plans and technical help.
- Install recognition sign.
- Pick up and deliver any equipment and resources provided by the County.
- What roads/sections are adoptable?
Sides of County roads (not in municipal areas) that have been deemed safe by the County.
- 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 available, 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.