NID’s Centennial Dam Proposal for 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 water in the upper Middle and South Yuba River watersheds is diverted to 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. Read more

Yuba-Salmon-Now-125x125Yuba Salmon Now

Wild salmon can be saved from extinction and the Yuba is the best opportunity for restoration. Recent studies confirm that the Yuba has the potential to once again support large numbers of salmon and steelhead trout if we could address two problems: blocked fish passage and the legacy of hydraulic mining. Read more

DSCN0649-125x125Legacy Mine Impacts in the Yuba River Watershed

In 1995, the San Juan Ridge Mine Corporation (SJRMC) ceased operations following the breach of an aquifer that caused an overflow of containment ponds and released millions of gallons of mine waste discharge into Spring and Shady Creeks, tributaries of the State Wild and Scenic South Yuba River, which flows to the Sacramento River and all the way to the Bay-Delta. The breach also drained and contaminated 12 wells through the oxidation of heavy metals that occur naturally in the environment, including a well that supplied drinking water to the local K-8 school. Read more


Dams and Hydropower

Since the late nineteenth century many man-made structures have managed the flows of the Yuba River watershed. In accordance with Federal Power Act, many of these structures became part of federally regulated hydroelectric power projects and must be relicensed ever 30 to 50 years. SYRCL works with a diverse coalition through this process to benefit the Yuba River. Read more


Cannabis Impacts

We want to inspire the community to engage in sustainable and ecologically sound marijuana cultivation in the Yuba watershed. Our scientists and concerned community members recognize that the overuse of chemical pesticides and herbicides, diversion and storage of water, and alteration of the terrain and vegetation lead to pollution and algae blooms in our streams and rivers, loss of late season stream flow, and the inadvertent poisoning of wildlife. Read more


Save Our Bridge Campaign

The Save Our Bridge Campaign was successful in attaining the funding necessary to restore and reopen this historic icon.  The project has been acclaimed as “one of the most nonpartisan acts of collaboration for western county in recent years.” Now that the funding is in place, the goal is to make sure the project is identified and treated as a priority for the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Read more

MalakoffSolar For Malakoff

When we first set out to save the state parks from closure in 2011, we learned that Malakoff, which is off the grid, annually used over $70,000 worth of diesel fuel at the park. We were told that one way to help the parks was to cut operating costs. Replacing polluting diesel with solar power seemed like a ‘no-brainer!’ Read more