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 >>
Local conservation, community and tribal organizations are calling on U.S. Representatives Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock to hold a public town hall meeting on water issues after being prevented from attending an upcoming meeting about regional water issues with federal and state representatives. Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, California Governor Edmond G. Brown released the proposed 2017-18 State Budget which included an allocation of $3,226,000 for the construction costs for restoration of the Bridgeport Bridge in Nevada County. Read more >>
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 >>
Guest opinion post by Hillary Hodge, originally published in The Union on January 16, 2017.
The weekend of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, put together by the South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) is one of my favorite weekends here at home in western Nevada County. The towns come alive with smiling tourists donning puffy jackets. Locals take to volunteer shifts. Social Media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram buzz with accolades about our county. Our inns and restaurants fill with patrons and excited talk about the films and activities surrounding the festival. I applaud SYRCL for bringing such a quality event to our backyards. Read more >>
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 >>