Action Alert: Submit Letters for Environmental Scoping of the Idaho-Maryland Mine

Nevada County publishes notice to identify what issues to address in the environmental review associated with reopening the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Community input will be accepted until August 17. Details

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Take Action: Tell the Trump Administration to Enforce the Clean Water Act

Did you know that the Yuba and Bear River watersheds are severely impacted by some of the oldest hydropower dams in the country? That is why we are writing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ask them to protect our rivers by reversing the recent waivers of vital Clean Water Act protections in our watersheds. Details

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Action Alert: Tell the Trump Administration to Enforce the Clean Water Act

Did you know that the Yuba and Bear River watersheds are severely impacted by some of the oldest hydropower dams in the country? That is why we are writing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ask them to protect our rivers by reversing the recent waivers of vital Clean Water Act protections in our watersheds. Details

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Press Release: Environmental Coalition Urges California Governor to Protect California’s Rivers From Federal Hydroelectric Dam Relicensing

Following the California Legislature’s return last week after a six-week suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California environmental groups urge Governor Newsom to prioritize protecting California’s rivers, streams, and wildlife from the present and ongoing threat of federal waivers of California’s authority to issue water quality certifications for hydroelectric dams. Details

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Action Alert: Support Healthy Yuba Forests for Water, Wildlife & People

Many forests in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and foothills are unhealthy—particularly in the Yuba River watershed. There is a lot of work to be done, and SYRCL needs the whole community to unite to protect the Yuba River watershed on this important issue. Take action today. Details

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Twelve Months of Yuba Watershed Success

SYRCL had a busy year protecting the future of our community’s watershed. Check out these highlights from the last 12 months and how our work has impacted our watershed. Details

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Healthy Forests for a Healthy Watershed

In the new era of extreme weather and wildfires our beloved Sierra Nevada mountains have been hit hardest by threat of wildfire. During the 18th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we feature an entire film session & panel discussion on Climate of Change. Details

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NID’s “Unsustainable” Budget and Centennial Spending is Indefensible

“Highlights” of this indefensible budget include a series of water rate increases totaling 46% starting in 2021, a new $30 million dollar bond, and $500,000 in new spending on Centennial Dam each year until 2024. SYRCL and allies have repeatedly asked NID to stop spending on the Centennial project where legally possible—a move that is needed now more than ever. Details

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Press Release: Feds Undermine Clean Water Act Protections

In the latest in an ongoing saga of regulatory rollbacks under the Trump Administration, specifically targeting environmental protections, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently ruled that California does not need to provide water quality certification for the Middle Fork American Hydroelectric Project in Placer and El Dorado counties. This order effectively waives California’s authority to ensure water quality and environmental protections for hydropower operations. If this trend continues, FERC could potentially exempt licenses for over a dozen California hydropower projects from Clean Water Act protection for the next 30 to 50 years. Details

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