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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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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SYRCL Receives Funding for Meadow Restoration in the Yuba Watershed

CDFW to provide $567K to study carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas benefits of mountain meadow restoration in Yuba watershed Nevada City, CA – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) yesterday announced the selection of 12 projects that will receive grant funding to restore wetlands that sequester greenhouse gases and provide other ecological benefits. read more >>

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News release: Blue-green Algae Bloom near Rock Creek

For Immediate Release Thursday April 16, 2014 By: COUNTY OF NEVADA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT U.S. Forest Service has identified a suspected blue-green algae bloom near the trailhead of Rock Creek. Testing is currently underway, until results are verified; we recommend that people, especially children and pets, avoid direct contact with the water 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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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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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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River Monitors Collect Data on Water Quality and Bacteria Throughout the Summer

As summer rolls on, the River Monitoring Team continues to collect information on water quality conditions at 38 sites throughout the Yuba watershed on a monthly basis.  The effects of a drier-than-average winter are visible in the data.  As the water gets warmer, dissolved oxygen levels continue to fall making streams less hospitable for aquatic read more >>

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

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 Dam, delete many important read more >>

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