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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Sunscreen Slicks & the South Yuba

Over the past several weeks, our River Ambassadors have been fielding questions from river-goers about a slick they are seeing on the water. While an oily film on the water can be the result of a number of things, it is likely a result of thousands of visitors wearing sunscreen. Read more about how sunscreen can impact rivers like the Yuba.

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How to Spot Invasive Plants in Our Watershed

Learn about the five most common invasive plants in the Yuba watershed, how they harm native ecosystems and how you can take action to reduce these invasive species. Make a difference in our watershed, sign up for our annual Scotch broom challenge on April 4th. Details

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What Does this Year’s Drought Mean for Our Community?

On April 28, 2021 the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Board of Directors declared a drought emergency for their service area. Two weeks later Governor Newson expanded the State’s drought emergency to cover 41 of California’s 58 counties. Nevada County has been categorized within the two most extreme tiers for drought by NOAA.    As water levels read more >>

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Signs of Spring at Hallwood: Restoration Update

With more than 1.2 million cubic yards of goldrush-era mining sediment removed, historic floodplain habitat has been exposed for Chinook salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon. Today, miles of seasonal and perennial side channel habitats were carefully engineered to provide additional rearing habitat for native salmonids like Chinook salmon. Details

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Restore the Yuba – Volunteers Needed

Join SYRCL scientist and Bear Yuba Land Trust for the 2021 Scotch Broom Challenge on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11th from 10am-2pm. SYRCL is looking for 4-8 volunteers each day to help remove invasive species in the Yuba Watershed. Details

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National Environmental Education Foundation Grant Helps Engage Local Students in Meadow Restoration

Through this Biodiversity Conservation Grant, SYRCL will be able to provide hands-on meadow restoration experience to high schoolers. Students will help in restoration efforts while learning about field monitoring techniques, aspen ecology, and current threats. Details

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A Look at Fire Adapted Ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada

Forests of the Sierra Nevada have evolved with fire, as is evident in Sierran tree species characteristics, landscape scale fire histories, and the cultural history of these forests. Now, these same forests face the consequences of over a century of fire suppression that has resulted in a buildup of fuels and, in the worst cases, high-intensity wildfires that burn tens of thousands of acres. With great effort, decision-makers and stewards of the land are working to restore fire to the landscape in a way that supports fire resilient ecosystems and reduces the risk of high-intensity wildfire. Details

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Meadows & Fens in the Sierra

In the Sierra Nevada, a diversity of meadow and wetland types offer the opportunity to admire beautiful and fascinating plants from spring through fall. Learn more about how the geomorphology and hydrology support that diversity. Details

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California State Parks Foundation Awards $135,000 in Grants in Response to California Wildfires

California State Parks Foundation announced today that it has awarded $135,000 in grants to 15 parks and park partners to help parks recover from the devastating 2020 wildfires. Details

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