Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a Wrap

The 10-day virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival came to a close on Sunday, January 23rd, and we are so grateful for the attendees, staff, and volunteers for making the festival’s 20th year anniversary so special. The level of local, national, and international engagement in this year’s festival was spectacular!


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.


Welcome Lívia Campos de Menezes, SYRCL’s new Wild & Scenic Film Festival Director

Please join us in welcoming Lívia Campos de Menezes to the SYRCL team. We are thrilled to have her as our new Wild & Scenic Film Festival Director.

We sat down with Lívia to learn more about her background and formally introduce her to our members and our community.


Update on Centennial Dam

Nevada Irrigation District is re-engaging in an effort to plan for their future water needs. The resulting plan will be known as the Plan for Water and the public process kicks off on November 9th at 4PM. The final version of the plan will reassess hydrology, water supply, and demand over the next 50 years. Ultimately, the plan will help NID determine if our region needs additional water storage. Thus, this planning process will be an important inflection point in the campaign against Centennial Dam.


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.


Bright Green Future: An Interview with author, Trevor Cohen

Bright Green Future chronicles a renaissance at the edge of a crisis. As climate change shifts our planet towards an uncertain future, a movement of unlikely heroes are building a blueprint for a better world. It’s a world where clean power grows wealth for local communities, resources regenerate themselves, city planning is driven by the people, and healthy soil is our greatest asset. These changemakers have opened a gateway for ordinary people to begin imagining and building the bright future we deserve.


Rising River Temperatures Imperil Threatened Salmon

We are well into another year of a drought here in Nevada County and the threatened Chinook salmon are in danger. This piece explores the current state of affairs as well as the consequences of inaction.