SAVE-THE-DATE: April 21 is State of the Yuba


WHAT: 2016 State of the Yuba

WHEN:  Thursday, April 21
Open House at 5:00pm
Program from 6:00 – 8:00pm

WHERE:  Peace Lutheran Church (828 W Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945)


Please join us for SYRCL’s annual “State of the Yuba” on April 21st

Every spring, SYRCL hosts the State of the Yuba in order to report on the health of the Yuba watershed, outline SYRCL’s priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlist all river lovers in the ongoing protection and restoration of the Yuba River.

“Open House” starts at 5pm

The event starts with an “Open House” from 5-6pm, where you will have the opportunity to meet SYRCL staff, ask questions and learn about SYRCL’s current projects and volunteer opportunities:

  • River Advocacy
  • Restoration projects in Headwater Meadows and the Lower Yuba
  • Restoring Flows: Dams and Diversions
  • Yuba River Cleanup & River Ambassadors
  • River Education
  • River Monitoring
  • Salmon Tours
  • The Wild & Scenic Film Festival & On Tour program

Many of our longtime volunteers first got involved with SYRCL and the Yuba during an open house just like this.

The Official Program Begins at 6pm

Our program kicks off by honoring our Volunteer and Partner of the Year. Then SYRCL’s Executive Director Caleb Dardick will talk about the many issues we are working on from restoring wild salmon (see to NID’s Centennial Dam proposal on the Bear River; educating the public about water conservation and environmentally responsible cannabis cultivation; and inspiring activism among local students and across the globe with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s On Tour program. Then SYRCL’s River Scientist Rachel Hutchinson will describe the current health of our waters and scientific efforts to restore our headwater meadows and lower Yuba salmon habitat. We will also hold a Question and Answer session.

Refreshments on Sale

fatbelly_ FINALinvertTHree ForksBring your appetite, because Fatbelly Taqueria tacos and Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Co. beer will be available for purchase.  Pick up a drink and a bite to eat, then circulate the room and get to know SYRCL the staff and how you can get involved in the health of the watershed.

Meet Our Partners

Our partners will be tabling at the event too: the Foothills Water Network will have a table about NID’s Centennial Dam proposal and how to get involved; The Sierra Fund will have information about their important work; and if you are not yet registered to vote, you may do so with the League of Women Voters, too.

Volunteer of the Year—Kathy Davidson

Among the many volunteers who have dedicated time and energy to progressing SYRCL’s restoration, stewardship, advocacy, and education efforts is one individual with distinguished commitment and dedication.  SYRCL is pleased to be awarding Kathy Davidson the Volunteer of the Year award.

Kathy has been an integral player in a plethora of SYRCL activities over the past three years and her involvement is year-round.  Kathy’s volunteerism at SYRCL has run the gamut from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, State of the Yuba, Wild for the Yuba, River Ambassadors, the Education Committee, volunteering in the office, distributing event collateral, as well as serving as both a Salmon Tour naturalist and Water Audit docent.

Kathy says, “I have always believed that we as individuals must live the change we want to see in the world and SYRCL as an organization unifies individual’s energy to bring positive change for the Yuba.  SYRCL is building a powerful community to support a powerful river environment.”

We hope you can join us as we honor Kathy and her generous commitment to making the Yuba and this community a brighter place.

Yuba Partner of the Year—The Sierra Fund

For over 15 years, The Sierra Fund (TSF) has partnered with SYRCL to protect the Yuba’s waters.  CEO Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin recently said, “My love of and passion for restoring the Yuba River drives me.”  In fact, when Izzy was a County Supervisor, she spearheaded the campaign to secure Wild & Scenic Rivers Act protection for the South Yuba.

The Sierra Fund successfully advocated for the new state law regulating the damaging effects of suction dredge gold mining.  TSF’s innovative pilot project with NID is removing mercury-contaminated sediment from Combie Reservoir.  TSF is working to reduce the amount of harmful sediment and mercury discharged from Malakoff Diggins.  And TSF provided critical leadership to our watershed, securing millions of dollars for key environmental projects.

Currently, SYRCL partners with TSF in the Mercury Forum with active mercury assessment projects on Spring, Shady and Scotchman Creeks.  We’re posting fish consumption advisory notices so that anglers know which fish are safe to eat.  And with the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association, we’ve challenged the proposal to reopen the San Juan Ridge Gold Mine, which looks likely to have its permit application suspended.

Under Izzy’s leadership, The Sierra Fund’s important work has been recognized for work on a local, state and national level, most recently receiving the James Irvine Foundation’s 2016 Leadership Award.

We hope to see you there!


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