Was December’s Storm a Drought Buster?

December was a month for the record books when it comes to Sierra snowfall, but was it enough to end California’s two-year drought?

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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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Clean the Dam Ladders FAQs

Want to know more about the action asking the Army Corps of Engineers to clean the Daguerre Point Dam fish ladders? Check out our FAQs.

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Where Does Our Water Go?

You may have noticed the new storm drain markers across Nevada City. SYRCL has been installing these markers over the past few years, and we have finally finished placing the last one!

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Daguerre Point Dam: A History of Obstructing Salmon

SYRCL is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to help threatened salmon reach their spawning grounds by cleaning the fish ladders at Daguerre Point Dam. We offer context to our request by outlining some of the history of the dam.

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Interview with Heart Wood author, Shirley DicKard

“Heart Wood: Four Women, for the Earth, for the Future” is an engaging novel that weaves together the stories of four women in a way that sews together the deep past, Gold Rush era, our present time, and late 21st century with a dystopic future. Each woman connects with the land on which she lives to know it and organizes people to protect it. Together, these stories speak “to the collective power of feminine energy to protect the Earth” in a manner that inspires hope.

We recently sat down with the author of “Heart Wood”, Shirley DicKard.

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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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Join us on a Tour of Rose Bar

SYRCL has been working alongside its partners for a decade to restore the lower Yuba River by creating spawning and rearing habitat for the threatened Chinook salmon. Our newest project is planned for a stretch of the lower Yuba called Rose Bar. We are inviting the public to join us for a tour of the project area on Friday, December 3rd.

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Welcome AmeriCorps!

SYRCL is excited to formally welcome our newest AmeriCorps to the team. Over the next year, they will gain experience working alongside SYRCL scientists, educators, and outreach professionals.

We asked each AmeriCorps what they are most excited about doing during their time at SYRCL. You can find their answers below along with a short bio for each.

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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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