TAKE ACTION NOW: Challenge Centennial Dam

Write to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Nevada Irrigation District and Congressman Doug LaMalfa, respectively, to: 1. Speak up for water, 2. Demand transparency, AND 3. Protect public lands. TAKE ACTION

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Let’s Fill the Room Today at 4:30!

Join SYRCL’s Dam Watchdog team today in Grass Valley at the Army Corps of Engineers’s (USACE) public scoping meeting for the Centennial Dam project. This is your chance to show the USACE and Nevada Irrigation District (NID) that concerned citizens are indeed watchdogging the environmental review process of this controversial project. Read more >>

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Hundreds Rally at LaMalfa & McClintock Event in Auburn

Five hundred people Friday morning rallied outside Auburn’s The Ridge Golf Course, demanding that U.S. Representatives Doug LaMalfa (Dist. 1) and Tom McClintock (Dist. 4) address concerns on climate change, health care and the environment in a public forum. The peaceful demonstrators, organized by Indivisible Women of Nevada County and other groups, congregated along the public road into the golf course, where the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) held an all-day symposium, Read more >>

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Centennial Dam’s Federal Environmental Review Process Has Begun

The Army Corps of Engineers is coming to Auburn and Grass Valley to solicit input about the proposed Centennial Dam. The public has two opportunities to attend these meetings and 37 days to submit comments on Nevada Irrigation District’s (NID) plans to construct Centennial – a new 275-foot-tall dam and 110,000 acre foot reservoir on the Bear River between the existing Rollins and Combie Reservoirs. Read more >>

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Watch Dam Alternatives Workshop Video

Did you miss the Dam Alternatives workshop at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival? Watch the entire video here. This workshop explores alternatives to consider in evaluating upcoming economic and environmental analyses of NID’s proposal to build Centennial Dam. Experts discuss practical water delivery, demand efficiencies, and watershed scale management opportunities. Read more >>

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There Are Alternatives to the Centennial Dam, by Peter Van Zant

The Centennial Dam proposed by Nevada Irrigation District (NID) would be a 110,000-acre-foot reservoir with a 275-foot tall dam on the Bear River. It would inundate the last six miles of publicly accessible, free-flowing river on the Bear, covering the Bear River Campground, more than 25 homes and 120 parcels, 140 Native American sacred cultural sites, and Dog Bar Bridge. There are alternatives. Read more >>

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Thanks For A Great Wild & Scenic Weekend!

Wild & Scenic is more than just a film festival, it is SYRCL’s largest fundraiser of the year. It is also one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals. We hope that after this weekend, you feel as INSPIRED and MOTIVATED as we do to go out and make a difference in your community, and the world, all year round. Read more >>

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A Special Thanks to SYRCL’s Volunteers

Downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley were abuzz with an army of helping hands and bright smiles this past weekend. Months of visioning, logistics preparation, film screenings and art submissions culminated in the 15th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This five-day extravaganza was powered by more than six hundred volunteers who collectively worked 3,000+ hours to produce this meaningful and inspiring event. Read more >>

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Trouble for the Yuba & Bear Rivers

Right now the Bear River is in trouble—which means the Yuba is in trouble, too.
The local water agency is championing a project to build a 275-foot tall dam—called Centennial—on the Bear River, and create a 110,000-acre-foot reservoir. If built, Centennial Dam would block the last six miles of free-flowing, publicly-accessible river on the Bear. It would wipe out sacred Native American sites, beloved swimming holes, public campgrounds, oak woodlands and other fish and wildlife habitat. Read more >>

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Volunteer Positions Filling Quickly for the Film Festival

Volunteer registration is now open for the 15th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, January 12 – 16, 2017, in downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley. We hope you can join us to celebrate this year’s theme: At the Edge. Register today–positions are filling quickly! Read more >>

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