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Dam Watchdogs will help us scrutinize every angle of the Centennial Dam project and raise awareness of the impacts on the Yuba and Bear Rivers, water supply and wildlife.

Hundreds Expected to Rally at LaMalfa, McClintock Event this Friday

Dam Watchdogs Encouraged to Attend to Bring Attention to Centennial Dam

Tom McClintock, U.S. Representative for California’s 4th Congressional District (left), and Doug LaMalfa, U.S. Representative for California’s 1st Congressional District (right).

This Friday, February 24, hundreds of activists are planning to rally outside the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association’s (MCWRA) all-day symposium, “The New Trump Administration – A View from the Top,” where Congressmen Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock are expected to share “their views on the new Trump Administration on regional water interests.”

SYRCL volunteers will be on hand outside the event to educate and engage others in the “Dam Watchdog” campaign to challenge the Nevada Irrigation District’s plans to build Centennial Dam on the Bear River.

“The proposal to build Centennial Dam is a state-wide issue about how we sustainably manage water and our watersheds in the face of climate change. It cuts to the heart of why our congressional representatives must address and be accountable to their constituents on these critical issues,” said SYRCL Executive Director Caleb Dardick.

SYRCL is sharing logistical information below from several “Indivisible” groups who have taken the lead in turning out the public to demand a town hall. (Please note that SYRCL cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.)

WHAT: Demonstration for Town Hall
DATE: Friday, February 24
TIME: From 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
LOCATION: The Ridge Golf Course and Event Center, 2020 Golf Course Rd, Auburn, CA 95602.
[This is NOT the golf course in Nevada City. It’s in Auburn.]

Where to Stand: Demonstrators should line up at the intersection of Golf Course Rd and New Airport road and extend north and south along New Airport Rd, on the golf course side of the road.

Where to park: Parking is limited. Carpooling is *strongly* recommended.

Police: Placer County Sheriff’s Department has jurisdiction. The PCSD has advised that “as long as the demonstration is peaceful, on public property, and not obstructing traffic (either cars, pedestrians or bikes) PCSD does not have an issue with citizens expressing themselves.” Be orderly, be polite.

Dress: People are encouraged to wear blue to this event. A theme color is a great way to show solidarity.

Information from Yuba Indivisible can be found here:

Information from ResistanceUS can be found below:


Local conservation, community and tribal organizations are calling on U.S. Representatives Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock to hold public town hall meetings on climate change and water issues after being prevented from attending an upcoming meeting about regional water issues with federal and state representatives.

MCWRA promoted the February 24th all-day symposium as an opportunity for members and non-members to hear from state and federal representatives.

On Tuesday February 14, more than a dozen local leaders, who had purchased $40 tickets online, had their money refunded and were told in an email from MCWRA Executive Director John Kingsbury that due to member interest in the February 24th event, “space capacity prevents us from being able to accommodate your registration. The registration fee will be refunded.”

“I am concerned that while LaMalfa denies climate change, he supports Centennial Dam, which is being billed as a response to climate change,” said Alan Eberhardt of the Sierra Club who will also be recruiting activists to become Centennial “Dam Watchdogs.”

“These ancestral waters are sacred to my Tribe, which is why we are demanding that our elected representatives listen to our concerns about Centennial Dam, which would flood Nisenan cultural sites on the Bear River,” said Shelly Covert, spokesperson for the Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council.

Dardick, Covert and Eberhardt join the continued call for Congressmen LaMalfa and McClintock to engage with the community on these critical regional water issues and other community concerns.

BREAKING NEWS: Notice of Intent (NOI) for Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released

The public has 45 days to comment on NID’s 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.

It’s up to concerned citizens to take action and tell NID and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers what they are most concerned about. Submitting letters, or speaking out at the public scoping meetings, is the official way to be heard on the record and have standing.

The Centennial Dam proposal has many potentially significant environmental impacts listed in the Notice of Intent (NOI).

SYRCL and our coalition members are working on a response. Soon we will have more information about:

  • When to attend our Public Process Orientation meeting
  • How to write a comment letter
  • How to make a public statement

In the meantime, please note this important information and spread the word.  Please share this information with your friends and neighbors:

1. The Notice of Intent says public scoping meetings will take place:

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Auburn Hotel, 120 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn, CA 95603
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Gold Miners Inn/ Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the federal agency leading this process.

2. Public comment letters are due on or before Monday, April 10, 2017 to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1325 J Street, Room 1350
Sacramento, CA

For further information contact :

Ms. Kara Hellige
NOTE: For emailed comments, please include “NOI scoping for Proposed Centennial Reservoir Project EIS, SPK–2016–00030” in the subject line.


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