Hiking in the New Year: Yuba Goldfields Trail

Looking for an excuse to get outside and enjoy this lovely January weather? A short venture to the Yuba Goldfields Trail offers an insightful look into the history of the lower Yuba. Details

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NID’s “Unsustainable” Budget and Centennial Spending is Indefensible

“Highlights” of this indefensible budget include a series of water rate increases totaling 46% starting in 2021, a new $30 million dollar bond, and $500,000 in new spending on Centennial Dam each year until 2024. SYRCL and allies have repeatedly asked NID to stop spending on the Centennial project where legally possible—a move that is needed now more than ever. Details

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Press Release: Feds Undermine Clean Water Act Protections

In the latest in an ongoing saga of regulatory rollbacks under the Trump Administration, specifically targeting environmental protections, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently ruled that California does not need to provide water quality certification for the Middle Fork American Hydroelectric Project in Placer and El Dorado counties. This order effectively waives California’s authority to ensure water quality and environmental protections for hydropower operations. If this trend continues, FERC could potentially exempt licenses for over a dozen California hydropower projects from Clean Water Act protection for the next 30 to 50 years. Details

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Stop Centennial Dam Update

Since April 2018, SYRCL and allies have requested NID stop spending on Centennial where legally possible. This has clearly not happened and their proposed 2020 budget is fiscally irresponsible. Details

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Chinook Season: What to Expect When You are Expecting

Every summer we eagerly wait for the fish count numbers to come back to us as fish climb the ladders over Daguerre Point Dam in the lower Yuba River. These numbers help us predict how many Chinook salmon we can expect to return to their spawning grounds in the 24 mile stretch of the Yuba below Englebright Dam. Details

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Chinook Season: A Yuba Salmon Now Policy Update

Last week, Friends of the River scored a key legal victory for Yuba salmon and steelhead at the Ninth Circuit. The Court declared that the National Marine Fisheries Service needs to review whether two dams on the Yuba River affect threatened Chinook salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon. Details

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ACTION ALERT: Tell the EPA – Don’t Revoke Clean Water Act Protections

The EPA is proposing revisions to Section 401 that would undermine California’s power to safely permit local dam and hydropower projects. Please join us in standing up for California’s right to protect the Yuba and Bear River watersheds by filing a comment here.

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Reserve Your Seat and View Wild Chinook Salmon

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable opportunity to explore the Lower Yuba River and learn about the salmon life cycle and the impact humans have on these incredible fish. Reserve your seat on one of our two Public Expeditions – October 19 & November 9. Details

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The Future of Hydropower in the Yuba

On October 2nd, SYRCL teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service, Placer County Water Agency and the Nisenan Nevada City Rancheria to understand the future role of hydropower in the Yuba watershed in meeting California’s energy demands. Details

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The Future of Hydropower Workshop – Part 2

On October 2, the second event in SYRCL’s exciting new educational series, “Watershed Science and Policy in the Sierra Foothills” will focus on The Future of Hydropower in partnership with Nevada County Department of Environmental Health. Details

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