Centennial Dam Videos

Stop Centennial Dam and Save the Bear River
Fed by the headwaters of the Middle and the South Yuba River, the Bear River is a cultural heritage site, a recreation destination and an essential wildlife corridor. Centennial Dam would wipe out the last six miles of publicly accessible free-flowing river on the Bear. And we don’t even need this dam. Produced by Tom Weistar. (12/21/2017) (run time: 01:30)

Why is NID refusing to live-stream its board meetings?

Tell NID to step into the 21st century and commit to live streaming its public meetings and providing online video replay.

Produced by Jim Pyle. (5/3/2017) (run time: 00:29)

Centennial Dam Watchdog Activist Summit

On the evening of Monday, March 13, SYRCL brought together a panel of speakers chosen for their expertise in law, hydrology, ecology, water politics, community activism, and local history. Speakers provided information about the scope and cost of the Centennial Dam project, the risks associated with building the dam, sustainable alternatives, and how community members can take action to challenge this contested proposal. Produced by Tom Weistar. (3/13/2017) (run time: 2:30:35)

League of Women Voters presents “Centennial Dam and Regional Water Resources”

On March 11, the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County invited SYRCL’s Executive Director, Caleb Dardick, and Nevada Irrigation District’s (NID) General Manager, Rem Scherzinger, to present on Centennial Dam and respond to why reservoir is proposed, where it fits into the needs of our community and why are people opposed to it. Produced by Tom Weistar. (3/11/2017) (run time: 1:39:11)

US Army Corps of Engineer’s Centennial Dam Scoping Meeting in Grass Valley

Did you miss the scoping meetings for the Centennial Dam project? Check out this live stream feed of USACE’s presentation in Grass Valley on March 2nd. Footage provided by Whitney Logue. (3/2/2017) (run time: 14:33)

How a New Dam on the Bear River Threatens Native American’s Living Culture: Workshop at SYRCL’s 2017 Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Shelly Covert
, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council Secretary and Spokesperson, leads this panel discussion about the impact dams have had historically on Native Tribes. The workshop includes discussion of the dangers of the proposed new dam on the Bear River. Produced by Tom Weistar. (1/15/2017) (run time: 1:23:22)

Dam Alternatives Workshop at SYRCL’s 2017 Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Climate change is upon us and will continue affecting the water supply profile of the Yuba and Bear River watersheds in unpredictable ways. Recognizing this, Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has proposed one possible action: build another dam on the Bear River. Is this the most economical, sustainable, and resilient answer for California? This workshop explores alternatives to consider in evaluating upcoming economic and environmental analyses of NID’s proposal. Produced by Tom Weistar. (1/14/2017) (run time: 1:10:51)

SYRCL’s Short on Centennial Dam
Have you heard about the controversial plan to build Centennial Dam on the Bear River? If built, this 275-foot dam would block the last six miles of publicly accessible free-flowing river on the Bear. It would destroy fish and wildlife habitat, beloved swimming holes, and sacred Native American sites. (1/6/2017) (run time: 1:11)

Community Voices Concern Against Centennial Dam
This footage of NID’s Scoping Meetings (held in Grass Valley (3/9/2016) and Auburn (3/10/2016)) was provided by a volunteer of the Foothills Water Network. The editorial views included in this footage do not necessarily reflect the position of SYRCL’s Board of Directors. (run time: 1:25:01)

CA H2O: New Dams or Bust?
This footage of a panel discussion hosted by SYRCL at the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival about dam building in California on 1/15/2016 was filmed by Tom Weistar. (run time: 1:14:28)

Centennial Dam Proposal
This presentation on Centennial Dam by NID Director Nick Wilcox on 1/17/2016, was filmed at at Sierra College by Tom Weistar. (run time: 1:22:55)