State of the Yuba

SAVE-THE-DATE for SYRCL’s 5th Annual STATE OF THE YUBA — Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Like the President’s annual address, SYRCL’s annual “State of the Yuba” serves as a report to the citizens of the Yuba watershed on the condition of the river, to outline SYRCL’s priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlist all river lovers in the protection and restoration of the Yuba. We also honor our Volunteer of the Year and Partner of the Year!

This FREE event is for all members of the community who care about the Yuba River and want to know more about SYRCL’s efforts to protect the watershed.

Video from the 2017 State of the Yuba

SYRCL delivered its 4th annual State of the Yuba address April 19. If you missed it, don’t worry! We recorded the whole evening so you can catch up on all that SYRCL is doing to protect the Yuba.

Welcome from Joe Bell, Board President, & Julie Pokrandt, Development Director

Board President Joe Bell and Development Director, Julie Pokrandt, welcome community and SYRCL members. As one of the largest grassroots river organizations in the country, SYRCL’s continued effectiveness as an advocate and change agent depends on having a membership base that is thriving and engaged. Joe and Julie thank our members who provide critical support to our research, restoration, and outreach programs, and as well as leverage our political power in Washington and our home district.

Opportunities to Defend the Yuba: Jenn Tamo, Community Engagement Manager

Do you want to learn about volunteer opportunities to defend the Yuba? Check out Jenn Tamo’s address on upcoming volunteer opportunities and ways to take action with SYRCL.



Volunteer of the Year: Allan Eberhart

SYRCL salutes Allan Eberhart as our Volunteer of the Year in recognition of his decades-long activism on behalf of the Yuba River and surrounding watersheds.


Youth Environmentalist of the Year: Junet Bedayn

SYRCL honors Junie Bedayn as the Youth Environmentalist of the year.  Junie is a Nevada Union High School senior, who has volunteered for SYRCL for several years. Each year she takes part in the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, she was one of our teen members in SYRCL’s Earthwatch program in the Sierras, she helped organize our Youth for the Yuba event, and won the writing contest for SYRCL’s #ilovetheyuba art and writing contest!

Partner of the Year: US Fish & Wildlife Service

Lower Yuba River Salmon Restoration Plan: Rachel Hutchinson, River Science Director

Are you curious about what SYRCL is doing right now to restore the ecosystem on the lower Yuba River to bring back salmon, a keystone species? Hear from SYRCL’s partner of the year, US Fish & Wildlife, an agency doing great work to increase spawning habitat for juvenile salmonids.  Or, jump to Rachel Hutchinson’s address on our exciting work to restore the lower Yuba River at the 7 min. 12 sec. mark.


The Centennial Dam Threat: Caleb Dardick, Executive Director

Would you like to know the latest with the SYRCL’s challenge to Centennial Dam? Tune in to the 4 min 16 sec mark to hear Caleb’s address, The Centennial Dam Threat.