Several major challenges have arisen since SYRCL published its Yuba Salmon Now Campaign Plan in 2013:
- In 2014, the federal government reversed their position on Englebright Dam claiming that the dam is part of the environmental baseline and therefore impacts to salmon – determined in 2012 to pose jeopardy of extinction – were not subject to the Endangered Species Act.
- In 2015, the Yuba Salmon Partnership Initiative proposed their “trap and haul” plan, which recommends trapping and trucking wild salmon around dams, both to and from the North Yuba River.
SYRCL is currently updating this plan to reflect new priority actions in 2016 as well as
many new accomplishments. One thing that remains unchanged is this:
SYRCL’s Yuba Salmon Now campaign supports taking immediate actions in the lower Yuba now, without ever losing sight or compromising the ultimate goal of free fish passage for wild salmon from the summit to the sea and back again and again.
Additionally, we remain committed to the priority of immediate habitat restoration on the Lower Yuba River.
For a comparison of the Trap and Haul Plan to SYRCL’s Vision, view these map presentations: