SYRCL’s 2021 Top Wins

As we begin 2022, we find it useful to reflect back on the work we accomplished in 2021. We could not have done it without hundreds of volunteers and members, dozens of partners, and an incredible staff of 20+ people.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival Highlights: Local’s Edition

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival has officially opened! We invite you to join us for our live virtual events, check out the films created by some of our community members, and explore our watershed during the rainy season.

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Accepting Applications for Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship

For the past eighteen years, SYRCL has been proud to offer a four-year college scholarship to a graduating high school senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the environment. Since 2002, eighteen $4,000 scholarships have been awarded. Details.

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‘First Flush’ Water Quality Monitoring Results Are In

The storm that swept through Nevada County between the 23rd and 25th of October dropped between seven and twelve inches of much needed precipitation. This rainfall has led to, among other things, increased flows in the Yuba River and SYRCL’s ‘first flush’ event.

We sat down with our resident hydrologist, Karl Ronning, to learn more about this ‘first flush’ event and to discuss the results of our water quality monitoring.

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Salmon Expeditions: Getting Back Out on the Water

After a year away from the river, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is happy to announce a successful Salmon Expeditions season. Nearly 1,200 students from Nevada and Yuba counties joined us for a day to explore the lower Yuba, reflect on the history of the people and the space, and witness Chinook salmon spawning.

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Recent Rain Tests Hallwood Restoration Project

The storm that swept through Nevada County between the 23rd and 25th of October dropped between seven and twelve inches of much needed precipitation. This rainfall has led to, among other things, increased flows in the Yuba River. 

We sat down with one of our SYRCL scientists to learn more about how this rain event interacted with the Hallwood Side Channel and Floodplain Restoration Project, a restoration effort that SYRCL has been working on and committed to for the past five years. 

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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.

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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!

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Algae: The Good & the Bad in the Yuba

We have fielded a lot of questions in the past few weeks about water temperatures in the South Yuba. Are they higher than normal?

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2021 Youth Environmentalist of the Year: Skyler Meinholz

SYRCL is happy to announce Skyler Meinholz, a Nevada Union High School Senior, as the 2021 recipient of the Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship. This scholarship, administered by SYRCL, is offered annually to graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to the environment.  An outdoor enthusiast and activist, Skyler, has volunteered with SYRCL over the years during read more >>

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