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2017 State of the Yuba
April 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pmFREE
Get inspired, activated and involved with the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) this Earth Day season at the State of the Yuba, Wednesday, April 19.
SYRCL invites you to celebrate the river and join in honoring three distinguished guests for their service in protecting and restoring the Yuba watershed. Junet Bedayn, SYRCL’s Youth Environmentalist of the Year, Allan Eberhart, SYRCL’s Volunteer of the Year, and United States Fish & Wildlife Service, SYRCL’s Partner of the Year will be recognized for their extraordinary commitment to SYRCL and the river.
“At the heart of SYRCL are our dedicated volunteers who make our work possible,” says Jenn Tamo, SYRCL Community Engagement Manager. “Last year, more than 1,300 volunteers donated nearly 10,000 hours to help with efforts like water quality monitoring, invasive species removal, river stewardship, climate change research, and watchdogging the proposal to build Centennial Dam. The State of the Yuba is an open invitation to learn about the many ways to get involved and volunteer with SYRCL this coming year.” The evening will begin with an open house format, from 5pm-6pm, in which attendees will have an opportunity to meet staff and mingle with river lovers.
Unveiling New Plan to Help Salmon
With Spring-run Chinook salmon hovering on the brink of extinction and fall-run salmon faring no better, the time to act is now. Last year, critically low numbers of migrating salmon were recorded, as few as 148 Spring-run were counted as of August 2016. SYRCL is working on an action plan to restore critical habitat on the lower Yuba this year which will be revealed at the State of the Yuba. River Science Director, Rachel Hutchinson says, “SYRCL is excited to be working collaboratively with agencies and local non-profits to produce a plan that will allow us to take action and improve conditions for fish now. We are working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and groups like the Gold Country Flyfishers to help save these key species and their habitat.” SYRCL and partners are focused on salmon and steelhead restoration because they are indicators of river health, from the headwaters to the ocean. When a watershed is able to support strong salmon and steelhead populations, the entire river ecosystem can thrive.
Presenting on Centennial Dam
SYRCL, in coalition with local, state and national conservation groups, has been challenging Nevada Irrigation District’s proposal to build Centennial Dam. Attendees can expect to learn more about SYRCL’s position on the proposal and about how to take part in the federal environmental review process. Caleb Dardick, SYRCL Executive Director says, “In 2017, a new dam should be the last alternative considered, not the first. NID should be looking for alternative ways to manage limited water resources that are environmentally sustainable such as restoring meadows, wetlands, and floodplains. We want our local representatives to consider a range of creative solutions such as repairing or modifying aging facilities, improving canal efficiency, incentivizing water conservation, stopping leaks, and metering water.”
This FREE event is for all members of the community who want to learn more about SYRCL’s efforts to defend the watershed. In this political climate, engaging in local environmental, community, and political issues is paramount. SYRCL invites you to learn more about how you can take action on behalf of the river at the State of the Yuba.