Congratulations to our 2022 Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship Winner – Vanessa Richards

Vanessa Richards, a Ghidotti Early College High School Senior, is the 2022 recipient of the Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship. This scholarship, administered by SYRCL, is offered to graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in the environmental field. Each year, a young river steward from our community is awarded a $4,000 scholarship.

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Member Spotlight: Rick Sharkey

Rick Sharkey has been a SYRCL member and volunteer since 1997. Last year, he and his spouse, Melissa Horton, decided to leave a gift for the future of the Yuba River watershed by including SYRCL in their will.

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Matched Gifts: For the Next Generation of River Stewards

During this holiday season, SYRCL is asking for donations to help us educate the next generation of river stewards – the future voices of the watershed who are learning to protect this place we love.

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Matching Gifts for the Yuba

Protecting the Yuba watershed from the impacts of climate change is a priority for our work. Your special year-end gift will go directly to SYRCL’s projects and programs that are addressing these very threats. If you donate by December 31, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by another SYRCL member who’s helping to build a resilient, vibrant, and safe watershed

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Holiday Gift Guide that supports the Yuba

Looking for meaningful gifts that also help protect the Yuba watershed? SYRCL has you covered with great options for students, families, kids, and grown kids!

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Gifts of Appreciated Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds

There are many ways you can support the Yuba River, such as donating appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Details

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Update on Centennial Dam

Nevada Irrigation District is re-engaging in an effort to plan for their future water needs. The resulting plan will be known as the Plan for Water and the public process kicks off on November 9th at 4PM. The final version of the plan will reassess hydrology, water supply, and demand over the next 50 years. Ultimately, the plan will help NID determine if our region needs additional water storage. Thus, this planning process will be an important inflection point in the campaign against Centennial Dam.

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SYRCL Opposes Idaho-Maryland Mine

In November 2019, Rise Gold submitted a project description to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine with the hope of extracting gold on the 119-acre New Brunswick site as well as the 56-acre site on Idaho-Maryland Road.

SYRCL has been researching the project since 2019. Earlier this year, SYRCL’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to oppose the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine.

Shortly after, on July 28, 2021, SYRCL joined ten other local and regional environmental organizations in signing a letter to Mr. Patrick Pulupa, the Executive Officer of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, to express deep concern over the impacts reopening the mine could have on water quality and flows.

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How Can We Stop Illegal Dumping?

Following the success of this year’s Yuba River Cleanup, in which volunteers hauled out more than six tons of trash and recyclables, we may want to take a moment to consider why cleanup programs are so necessary and why illegal dumping is such a frequent occurrence in the Yuba River watershed and throughout Nevada County.

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Raft California Donates Recycling Proceeds to SYRCL

A big ‘Thank You’ to Raft California and Teagan Santin for choosing SYRCL as the recipient of their aluminum can recycling profits! SYRCL is very grateful for the generous donation, which will help to support the work we do to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed.

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