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.
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.
We sat down with one of our SYRCL scientists to learn more about how this rain event interacted with the Hallwood Side Channel and Floodplain Restoration Project, a restoration effort that SYRCL has been working on and committed to for the past five years.
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.
Seven years ago, SYRCL began the first project in the Lower Yuba River to restore salmon habitat.
In 2011 and 2012 SYRCL planted nearly 6,500 willow and cottonwood cuttings across 5 acres to improve the floodplain habitat that fish use during high flow periods as refuge from swift moving water in the main river channel.
One goal of this project was to increase riparian vegetation which would provide improved fish habitat through the increase in shading, cover, food availability, and creating geomorphic and hydraulic complexity on the floodplain.
SYRCL and Friends of the River recently sent a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service to compel the agency to craft a watershed-wide solution to save the threatened species native to the Yuba Watershed, including Spring-run Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, and green sturgeon. The letter demands a new biological opinion, presenting compelling evidence that harm caused by the Corps’ dams, compounded by increased harm from climate change, is responsible for the dramatic decrease in Yuba River fish populations. Details
It’s the start of salmon spawning season. Over the past two weeks, Salmon Expedition teams have taken more than 400 students down the lower Yuba to see this amazing stage of the salmon life cycle. Details
This is an unforgettable opportunity to explore the Lower Yuba River and witness the spectacular journey of wild Chinook salmon as they make their way from the ocean back to where they hatched. Participants will learn about the salmon life cycle and the impact humans have on these incredible fish. Details
We heard you loud and clear. You want protection for Yuba River Salmon. So do we. At Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we collected 2,411 signatures urging Governor Gavin Newsom to make Yuba River salmon a priority. Thanks to you, we exceeded our goal by more than 400. Details
Wild salmon are in trouble. Drought, dams, and climate change are driving the West Coast’s most iconic fish closer to extinction. The Trump Administration has also threatened to undermine California’s ability to manage its own water, even though State and Federal agencies had worked in concert with the belief that wildlife protection, ecosystem restoration, and human & economic goals can coexist. Details
Despite our best efforts, the salmon have had two of the worst years on record. Salmon don’t appear to take notice of plans and funding requests. They continue to struggle to survive in the aftermath of the mining and dam building eras, maximizing their ability to thrive in habitat that slowly recovers. Details