South Yuba River Citizens League

People Can Save a River

We UNITE the community

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Throughout the year, SYRCL hosts events to keep the community engaged, involved, and informed . All our events support our mission to unite the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed.


SYRCL Volunteers are passionate about protecting the Yuba watershed and our planet. We offer volunteer opportunities for all ages and skill levels so you can take action for positive change.  


As one of the largest grassroots river organizations in the country, SYRCL’s continued effectiveness as an advocate and change agent depends on having a membership base that is thriving and engaged.

We protect and RESTORE the Yuba watershed

Restoration Projects


The Lower Yuba River has been dramatically altered by hydraulic mining sediments, dredger mining, dams, levees, and alteration of flows. SYRCL is leading the effort to rehabilitate the lower Yuba River for salmon, steelhead, riparian habitat, and wildlife.


Mountain meadows are areas of extremely high value for natural water storage, water quality, and wildlife habitat. Unfortunately, meadows throughout the watershed are in some state of degradation. See what SYRCL is doing to restore these meadows.


Many forests in the Yuba watershed are unhealthy; overstocked with small trees and brush, they are now susceptible to high-severity wildfire due to fire suppression and historic timber harvesting practices. SYRCL is partnering with a number of organizations to implement forest health projects across the Yuba watershed.  

We ADVOCATE on behalf of the river and EDUCATE our communities. We INSPIRE action.

Engagement & Outreach

Issues & Causes

Education Programs

Wild & Scenic Film Festival


The South Yuba River Citizens League was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With decades of achievements, 3,500 members, and 1,300 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the Sierra to the sea.

Keeping Current

Our latest Events, Projects, News and Issues


Give to the 2023 Yuba River Clean-a-thon!

The SouthYuba River Citizens League’s Annual River Cleanup is turning 26 this year. Over the last quarter of a century, volunteers have removed more than 135 tons of trash and recycling from our watershed. However, the work is far from over.
In the last few years, the Yuba River has been enjoyed by over 800,000 people each summer. From locals to out-of-town visitors, everyone has an impact on the river. By the end of “river season,” the Yuba needs a little help from the community that loves it.
Here’s where YOU come in.
In support of this year’s River Cleanup and…

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Help us help the Yuba

Gifts for the River

Protecting our beloved Yuba River Watershed depends on the support of a thriving and engaged membership. Join our Emerald Circle, sponsor our events, or help SYRCL lead the fight for the Yuba years to come by making a legacy gift through your will or estate plan.