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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What do you know about the Idaho-Maryland Mine?

Did you know that the Idaho-Maryland Mine, located in Grass Valley, is one of the oldest mines in our region? In the last 20 years, three different companies have attempted to make the mine operational again. SYRCL is watchdogging the project due to negative mining impacts within the Yuba and Bear River watersheds from past operations. Details

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Action Alert: Submit Letters for Environmental Scoping of the Idaho-Maryland Mine

Nevada County publishes notice to identify what issues to address in the environmental review associated with reopening the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Community input will be accepted until August 17. Details

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Long Bar Restoration Project Comment Period Extended to August 14

The Long Bar Restoration Project aims to restore roughly 50 acres of juvenile salmonid rearing habitat on the Lower Yuba River. In lieu of an in-person scoping meeting, due to Covid-19, we encourage stakeholders to view this informative video and submit comments. Details

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Our Eyes on the Yuba: River Monitoring during COVID-19

According to Karl Ronning, who oversees River Monitoring, “We are the eyes on the water. It’s essential to keep up water testing during this unprecedented time.” Without River Monitoring, we won’t know if something may be endangering clean drinking water—just when people need it the most. Details

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Restoring the Lower Yuba

This 21-mile stretch of the Lower Yuba River was once believed to be too degraded and damaged by mining to ever be restored. However, SYRCL is building our team of scientists working hard to preserve, protect and restore river habitats and native fish populations. Details

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SYRCL Celebrates 20 Years of River Monitoring

SYRCL is embarking on its 20th year of River Monitoring, and we need you! We are seeking dedicated, environmentally-driven volunteers to monitor water quality at 35 sites throughout the Yuba watershed. The vast amount of water quality data we have collected over the last 19 years has been crucial in protecting and restoring the Yuba River watershed. Join our team and help us celebrate this milestone year! Details

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Twelve Months of Yuba Watershed Success

SYRCL had a busy year protecting the future of our community’s watershed. Check out these highlights from the last 12 months and how our work has impacted our watershed. Details

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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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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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