Army Corps Starts $3 million Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study

The US Army Corps of Engineers announced July 1st that they have started work on the long anticipated “Yuba River ecosystem restoration feasibility study,” which will analyze fish passage options at Daguerre Point and Englebright Dams on the lower Yuba River. According to the Corp’s press release, “the study will be conducted in a risk-informed read more >>

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Permit Cancelled for Daguerre Point Dam Hydropower Project

Any threat to the Yuba River from a new hydropower project at Daguerre Point Dam has been vanquished with the official cancellation of a permit issued in 2013. Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) cancelled a permit to Archon Energy for studying the feasibility of a hydropower project at Daguerre Point Dam because read more >>

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Yuba Salmon Update: Spring-run Count is Low

The number of salmon migrating up the Yuba River this last spring is lower than most recent years, according to preliminary counts in the fish ladders at Daguerre Point Dam. A total of 492 salmon migrated through the fish counting station through June 24th according to the latest Field Update from the Yuba Accord River Management Team, read more >>

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Federal Fish Agency Reverses Direction on Army Corps’ Responsibility for Dams’ Impacts on Salmon

Nevada City, CA – River conservation groups are outraged at the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) reversal of position on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ responsibility for impacts that Corps-owned dams cause Yuba River’s threatened salmon, steelhead trout and green sturgeon. NMFS’ new biological opinion concerning Daguerre Point Dam, and concurrence letter concerning Englebright read more >>

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Update on the Proposed Hydropower Project at Daguerre Point Dam: Draft Study Plan Found Inadequate

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and a coalition of local and national conservation organizations once again filed formal comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding Archon Energy’s proposal to build a 3-megawatt facility at Daguerre Point Dam on the lower Yuba River.  These comments, filed on January 3 by the Foothills Water Network, read more >>

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Army Corps Under Fire for Evading Responsibility for Dam Impacts on Salmon

Two new studies of impacts of Yuba River dams reverse Corps’ previous findings Nevada City, CA – River conservation groups are condemning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over two recent environmental documents that ignore the Corps’ responsibility for the dams’ impacts on the Yuba’s endangered and threatened fish species, including Chinook salmon, steelhead trout read more >>

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Federal Judge Imposes Deadline on Issuance of New Biological Opinion Concerning Army Corps’ Duty to Protect Yuba River Salmon

Nevada City, CA – Last week, in a lawsuit brought by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and Friends of the River, Federal Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. ordered the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to issue a new biological opinion by May 12, 2014.  The new biological opinion would evaluate how the U.S. read more >>

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SYRCL Teams up with YCWA and American Rivers to Request New Fish Passage Study for Englebright Dam

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), American Rivers and the Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) sent a joint letter to US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Congressman John Garamendi to support a proposed $100,000 fish passage study at Englebright Dam. The letter urges the federal legislators to preserve President Obama’s budget recommendation read more >>

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Daguerre Point Dam Hydropower Project Application Inadequate – SYRCL Files Formal Comments Saying that More Study Needed

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and a coalition of seven local and national conservation organizations filed formal comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) critical of Archon Energy’s preliminary application to build a 3-megawatt facility adjacent to Daguerre Point Dam on the lower Yuba River. For the past 90 days, SYRCL and read more >>

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SYRCL and Friends of the River Sue Army Corps for Failing to Comply with Endangered Species Act Requirements to Protect Yuba River Salmon

NOTE:  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and timeline are now available The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and Friends of the River filed a citizen suit in federal court today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to comply with Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements to protect three species of endangered fish on read more >>

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