2021 Cannabis Impact Survey Results

SYRCL launched a survey in March of this year to learn more about both community attitudes toward cannabis cultivation as well as opportunities and challenges cannabis cultivators face regarding the compliance process. Find out what what people had to say as well as our findings and recommendations.

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Thanking Our 24th Annual Yuba River Cleanup Sponsors

The annual Yuba River Cleanup relies on our generous sponsors. Without them, coordinating this week-long event would not be possible.

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A Letter from Maggie Philipsborn, Nevada County Cannabis Alliance

The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance would like to thank SYRCL for the important work of assembling the cannabis impact study which has provided valuable policy recommendations for the community to consider. An important theme that we continue to hear is the significant impact from egregious unpermitted farms. The majority of survey respondents would like to see greater enforcement on these sites and our organization agrees. These large unpermitted egregious farms have a significant environmental impact that may be dangerously affecting our Yuba and Bear River Watersheds. 

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Pesticide Use in Cannabis Cultivation Threatens California Spotted Owls

Widespread cannabis cultivation can lead to numerous environmental impacts, including groundwater and surface water depletion, soil erosion, habitat loss and fragmentation, and pesticide pollution. In this article, we focus on a secondary impact of cannabis cultivation—the poisoning of endangered and threatened species.

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High School Students Embark on a Field Science Expedition to help Restore Montane Meadows

This summer, we hosted a total of 17 students across two Earthwatch groups in June and late July. This immersive, overnight, 12-day field science expedition focused on teaching meadow ecology, monitoring, and restoration practices at Loney Meadow and Van Norden Meadow within the Tahoe National Forest.

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Dear Locals: An Open Letter from a River Ambassador

Recently we were able to catch up with one of our River Captains, Damon Plant, about his experiences chatting with river-goers on the weekends this summer. Read his letter to visitors recreating at the Yuba.

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SYRCL & BriarPatch Team Up to Provide River-Friendly Sunscreen at the Yuba

SYRCL is working to restore aspen in the Yuba River watershed so they can provide habitat for numerous species of insects, birds, and mammals and help improve water quality. You can help us by getting involved next weekend. Learn more about SYRCL’s restoration project and how to sign up below.

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Sharing the Yuba: Coping with Increased Visitation

We wrote in our last ENews about the growth of river-goers from 400,000 in 2012 when we first partnered with State Parks to start the River Ambassador program to over 800,000 last year.

We also discussed how SYRCL is addressing the growing popularity of the Yuba. In this article, we hear from Supervisor Heidi Hall about her perspective as Nevada County Supervisor.

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Local High School Students Restore Aspen in Loney Meadow

In June 2021, SYRCL led our week-long Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO) expedition with 6 local high school students with great success!

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From the Headwaters to Bridgeport: Cleaning Up the Yuba

In just a week, SYRCL staff and volunteers picked up over 1,000 pounds of trash along the South Yuba.

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