2011-10-26 "What’s that smell?" by CHANTAL LOVELL from "Napa Valley Register" newspaper
If you think Napa has been smelling a little foul as of late, you’re not alone.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District had received five calls as of Tuesday afternoon from people in or near the Napa Valley reporting a foul stench in the air, said spokesman Ralph Borrmann.
The source? The restoration of Cullinan Ranch, a tidal marsh near Mare Island, Borrmann said.
“They’re opening up some waterways,” Borrmann said. “What people are smelling is basically marsh gas.”
Wind carried the smell to Napa, American Canyon and Vallejo, he said. Complaints have been coming in since Friday.