SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions Serve More Students

Earlier this month, we resumed Salmon Expeditions for grade school students from Nevada and Yuba counties after a year away from the river.

SYRCL has worked with schools to implement COVID-safety precautions so the organization can float nearly 1,200 students down the lower Yuba River on rafts to witness spawning salmon. Thanks to a generous grant from Yuba Water Agency, students from Title 1 schools in Yuba County are able to attend free of charge.


Van Norden Public Tour

Join us for a tour of Van Norden Meadow (Yayalu Idteh in Washoe) to learn more about the restoration and recreation plans for the meadow.

The tour will be led by Rachel Hutchinson from Tahoe National Forest and Alecia Weisman from the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL).


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.


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.


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.


Become a Salmon Naturalist

Do you enjoy introducing children to nature, hiking, bird watching, identifying local flora and fauna, or even rafting? You can share your love for nature with our local Yuba and Nevada County youth by becoming a Salmon Expedition Naturalist!


Hammon Bar: A Restoration Success Story

Seven years ago, SYRCL began the first project in the Lower Yuba River to restore salmon habitat.

In 2011 and 2012 SYRCL planted nearly 6,500 willow and cottonwood cuttings across 5 acres to improve the floodplain habitat that fish use during high flow periods as refuge from swift moving water in the main river channel. 

One goal of this project was to increase riparian vegetation which would provide improved fish habitat through the increase in shading, cover, food availability, and creating geomorphic and hydraulic complexity on the floodplain.


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.


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!