2015 Safe to Swim Results

SYRCL has been working with Cranmer Laboratories to perform the collection and testing of total coliform and E.coli bacteria at 5 popular swimming holes throughout the Yuba River Watershed. In addition to the grab samples for bacteria, basic water quality parameters are also measured including dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, air temperature, turbidity, and water temperature.  The read more >>

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Restoration in the Yuba: Volunteer Today

Our restoration program is growing and that means we need more volunteers than ever before! We invite you to join us out in the watershed as citizen scientists to help our science staff implement several important projects. This summer our focus is on meadows. We are looking for volunteers who think cutting down trees is fun, who want to read more >>

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SYRCL to Hire 3 Dedicated AmeriCorps Members — Apply Today!

Do you love the Sierra?  Want to help restore and protect the Range of Light?  Do you want to gain valuable environmental professional experience? Apply to work at SYRCL and become one of the 28 Members of the 2015-2016 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP)! SYRCL is seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to a year read more >>

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River Monitors Collect Data on Yuba to Determine if its Safe to Swim

Results from SYRCL’s June 2015 Safe to Swim sampling are in and all sites sampled are below state mandated thresholds for bacteria! This year, SYRCL has selected five priority sites including Bridgeport, Purdon Crossing, Edwards Crossing, Highway 49 Bridge, and Oregon Creek Swimming Hole to sample on the 2nd Saturday of every month.  Volunteer River read more >>

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Remembering Don Jones, our Treasured Friend of the Yuba

By: Wendy Thompson (former SYRCL River Monitoring Program Coordinator) The name Don Jones will always bring a smile to the faces of those who knew him. Don’s retired life revolved around the Yuba River. He became a stalwart volunteer-of-all-trades as one of SYRCL’s first and foremost River Monitors in 2000, and did everything he could read more >>

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Entering the Dry Season in the Fourth Year of Drought: A Case Study on the Yuba River

By: Karl Ronning, River Monitoring Coordinator and Rachel Hutchinson, River Science Director With California entering its fourth year of drought, SYRCL’s volunteer River Monitors brought back evidence in March that water temperature and quality is suffering across the Yuba River watershed. Sierra Snowpack at Historic Low The lack of snow in the Sierra Nevada’s makes read more >>

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Meet our newest Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership members!

SYRCL is thrilled to announce the recent arrival of three brilliant additions to the SYRCL team.  Monday was the first day of service for our new Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership members Karl, Svetlana and Suzanne.  They will be at the helm of our River Monitoring, Restoration and River Ambassador programs, respectively. Karl grew up in read more >>

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AmeriCorps Goodbye For Now, But Not Forever

Since 2007, SYRCL has valued its participation in the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). The SNAP program has enabled SYRCL to hire 2-3 highly qualified and hardworking staff members. This year we said “goodbye” to three amazing AmeriCorps members, Marianne Pott, Adele Rife and Jenn Tamo! Marianne Pott, SYRCLs 2013-2014 River Monitoring Coordinator, will be read more >>

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Your Favorite River Spots Are Safe to Swim!

Great news!!  Results from samples collected by local citizen scientists this summer during the State of California’s “Safe to Swim” study show that levels of bacteria at the Yuba’s popular swimming holes meet federal guidelines for recreational contact with water. This summer, SYRCL selected eight priority sites throughout the North, Middle, and South forks of the Yuba.  River read more >>

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Upper Rock Creek goes Dry!

July’s River Monitors came back from their monthly monitoring with some surprising news: Rock Creek upstream of Lake Vera has gone dry.  A few stagnant pools remain around the Rector Road bridge on Rock Creek, however most of the stream channel above the bridge is completely dry.  This is the second occurrence of Upper Rock Creek going read more >>

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