A Letter from Maggie Philipsborn, Nevada County Cannabis Alliance

The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance would like to thank SYRCL for the important work of assembling the cannabis impact study which has provided valuable policy recommendations for the community to consider. An important theme that we continue to hear is the significant impact from egregious unpermitted farms. The majority of survey respondents would like to see greater enforcement on these sites and our organization agrees. These large unpermitted egregious farms have a significant environmental impact that may be dangerously affecting our Yuba and Bear River Watersheds. 

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Pesticide Use in Cannabis Cultivation Threatens California Spotted Owls

Widespread cannabis cultivation can lead to numerous environmental impacts, including groundwater and surface water depletion, soil erosion, habitat loss and fragmentation, and pesticide pollution. In this article, we focus on a secondary impact of cannabis cultivation—the poisoning of endangered and threatened species.

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Caring for the Yuba During a Drought

Nevada City Council declares Drought Stage 3 Warning On June 18, 2021, the Nevada City Council declared a Drought Stage 3 Warning in response to a severe lack of rainfall, which means mandatory water restrictions for residents and businesses alike. The drought also means the Yuba is in need of extra care. How does the drought impact read more >>

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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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Wildfire and the Yuba River Canyon

This year’s wildfire danger is extremely high. Learn about some of the contributing factors, how to stay safe, and what SYRCL is doing to help mitigate danger in the future.

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Earth Weekend Backyard BioBlitz 2021: Report Out

On Earth Day last year, SYRCL called on our community to get outside and explore nature within their own backyards for a BioBlitz. We had such an overwhelming response that we brought it back again this year for the weekend following Earth Day. Details

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Earth Day Outings in the Yuba Watershed

As the skies clear and the days begin to feel just a bit warmer, more and more of us are looking to get out and into nature. We’ve been getting a lot of folks asking where they can go to continue to maintain social distancing while being close to the river. Details

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How to Safely Spot the Sierra Newt

Sierra Newts begin migrating to breeding streams in January and can be seen near streams and creeks until about May. If you are interested in newts and want to find this colorful creature in its own habitat, now is the time. 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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