April 17, 2017 — YubaNet — Peter Van Zant Op-Ed | National Attention for the Beleaguered Bear River
April 13, 2017 — YubaNet — Renewed requests for live streaming video, increased transparency at NID
April 12, 2017 — The Union — Nevada County water is clear, but customers want it transparent
Conservation Groups to Army Corps: “Centennial Dam Puts Too Much at Risk – Seek Alternatives” Foothills Water Network (4/12/2017)
The Foothills Water Network (FWN), a coalition of conservation and recreation organizations, submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday detailing an extensive list of actions and strategies which, when bundled together, would eliminate the need for the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) to build a major new dam on the Bear River. Read more
On March 13, SYRCL brought together a panel of speakers chosen for their expertise in law, hydrology, ecology, water politics, community activism, and local history. Speakers provided information about the scope and cost of the Centennial Dam project, the risks associated with building the dam, sustainable alternatives, and how community members can take action to challenge this contested proposal. This event was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Denis Kutch, of the Nevada Theatre Commission, and Terry and Karen Brown.
Produced by Tom Weistar. (3/13/2017) (run time: 2:30:35)
On March 11, the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County invited SYRCL’s Executive Director, Caleb Dardick, and Nevada Irrigation District’s (NID) General Manager, Rem Scherzinger, to present on Centennial Dam.
Produced by Tom Weistar. (3/11/2017) (run time: 1:39:11)
Did you miss the Army Corps of Engineers’s (USACE) scoping meeting for the Centennial Dam project in Auburn on March 1st? Check out this live stream feed of USACE’s presentation.
Join us at the first public NOI Scoping Meeting for Centennial Dam and be a part of the environmental review process! It's currently STANDING ROOM ONLY.The second public NOI Scoping Meeting is in Grass Valley TOMORROW at the Holiday Inn from 4:30-7:00!Sign up to be a Dam Watchdog online and stay informed about this fast moving project at www.damwatchdog.org
Posted by Whitney Christine on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Join SYRCL – and take action to meet our water needs — without another big dam at DamWatchdog.org. Footage provided by Whitney Logue. (3/1/2017) (run time: 19:12)
Shelly Covert, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council Secretary and Spokesperson, leads this panel discussion about the impact dams have had historically on Native Tribes. The workshop includes discussion of the dangers of the proposed new dam on the Bear River.
Join SYRCL – and take action to meet our water needs — without another big dam at DamWatchdog.org. Produced by Tom Weistar. (1/15/2017) (run time: 1:23:22)
Dam Alternatives Workshop at SYRCL’s 2017 Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Climate change is upon us and will continue affecting the water supply profile of the Yuba and Bear River watersheds in unpredictable ways. Recognizing this, Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has proposed one possible action: build another dam on the Bear River. Is this the most economical, sustainable, and resilient answer for California? This workshop explores alternatives to consider in evaluating upcoming economic and environmental analyses of NID’s proposal. Experts discuss practical water delivery and demand efficiencies and watershed scale management opportunities. Our local water challenges and solutions will be a model for California’s sustainable water future. Join SYRCL – and take action to meet our water needs — without another big dam at DamWatchdog.org. Produced by Tom Weistar. (1/14/2017) (run time: 1:10:51)
SYRCL’s Short on Centennial Dam
Have you heard about the controversial plan to build Centennial Dam on the Bear River? If built, this 275-foot dam would block the last six miles of publicly accessible free-flowing river on the Bear. It would destroy fish and wildlife habitat, beloved swimming holes, and sacred Native American sites. The local water agency says they need this dam because climate change is reducing snowpack in the Yuba headwaters. Did you know that more than half of the Yuba’s waters are already diverted into the Bear River? Will they take more in the future when Centennial doesn’t fill? We don’t need a new dam generating more polluting sprawl and traffic. We can increase our water supply by restoring our forests and meadows, and use the water we do have more wisely. Join SYRCL – and take action to meet our water needs — without another big dam at DamWatchdog.org. (1/6/2017) (run time: 1:11)
Community Voices Concern Against Centennial Dam
This footage of NID’s Scoping Meetings (held in Grass Valley (3/9/2016) and Auburn (3/10/2016)) was provided by a volunteer of the Foothills Water Network. The editorial views included in this footage do not necessarily reflect the position of SYRCL’s Board of Directors. (run time: 1:25:01)
CA H2O: New Dams or Bust?
This footage of a panel discussion hosted by SYRCL at the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival about dam building in California on 1/15/2016 was filmed by Tom Weistar. (run time: 1:14:28)