Stop Centennial Dam and Save the Bear River
Fed by the headwaters of the Middle and the South Yuba River, the Bear River is a cultural heritage site, a recreation destination and an essential wildlife corridor. Centennial Dam would wipe out the last six miles of publicly accessible free-flowing river on the Bear. And we don’t even need this dam. Produced by Tom Weistar. (12/21/2017) (run time: 01:30)
On the evening of Monday, 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.
The Activist Summit addressed what is at stake from an environmental, community, and cultural perspective so that citizens are informed to participate, engage, and hold the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) accountable. Audience members learned how local groups are closely following the permitting process and watchdogging NID’s attempts to gain ownership of land publicly held by the Bureau of Land Management.
Attendees had opportunities to ask questions following the 90-minute discussion. Speakers included Caleb Dardick, SYRCL Executive Director; Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL River Science Director; Shelly Covert, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council Secretary; Isaac Silverman, Sierra Watch Staff Attorney and SYRCL Board member; Sierra Streams Institute Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager, Kristen Hein Strohm; and Otis Wollan, American River Watershed Institute President.
This event was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Denis Kutch, of the Nevada Theatre Commission, and Terry and Karen Brown. This event was moderated by YubaNet editor Pascale Fusshoeler, and broadcast live by KVMR FM.
Join SYRCL – and take action to meet our water needs — without another big dam at DamWatchdog.org. 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 and respond to the questions;
- Why is the reservoir proposed?
- Where does it fit into the needs of our community?
- Why are people opposed to it?
Join SYRCL – and take action to meet our water needs — without another big dam at DamWatchdog.org. Produced by Tom Weistar. (3/11/2017) (run time: 1:39:11)
How a New Dam on the Bear River Threatens Native American’s Living Culture: Workshop at SYRCL’s 2017 Wild and Scenic Film Festival
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.
Shelly is joined by:
Judith Lowry, Native American Artist
Wanda Batchelor, Great-granddaughter of Chief Louis Kelly
Clyde Prout, Nisenan Tribe
Dr. Tanis Thorne, U.C. Irvine
Caleb Dardick, Executive Director, South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)
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.
Jeffrey Odefy, Director, Clean Water Supply Programs, American Rivers (Presentation)
Sarah Yarnell, Ph.D., Research Hydrologist, Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California, Davis (Presentation)
Jonas Minton, Senior Water Policy Advisor, Planning and Conservation League (Presentation)
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)