NID’s Centennial Dam Proposal for 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. The local water agency says they need this dam because climate change is reducing snowpack in the Yuba headwaters. Did you know that more than half of the water in the upper Middle and South Yuba River watersheds is diverted to the Bear River? Will they take more in the future when Centennial doesn’t fill? We don’t need a new dam generating more polluting sprawl and traffic. We can increase our water supply by restoring our forests and meadows, and use the water we do have more wisely. Read more

Yuba Salmon Now

Wild salmon can be saved from extinction and the Yuba is the best opportunity for restoration. Recent studies confirm that the Yuba has the potential to once again support large numbers of salmon and steelhead trout if we could address two problems: blocked fish passage and the legacy of hydraulic mining. Read more

Dams and Hydropower

Since the late nineteenth century many man-made structures have managed the flows of the Yuba River watershed. In accordance with Federal Power Act, many of these structures became part of federally regulated hydroelectric power projects and must be relicensed ever 30 to 50 years. SYRCL works with a diverse coalition through this process to benefit the Yuba River. Read more

Cannabis Impacts in the Yuba River Watershed

We want to inspire the community to engage in sustainable and ecologically sound cannabis cultivation in the Yuba watershed. Our scientists and concerned community members recognize that the overuse of chemical pesticides and herbicides, diversion and storage of water, and alteration of the terrain and vegetation lead to pollution and algae blooms in our streams and rivers, loss of late season stream flow, and the inadvertent poisoning of wildlife. Read more

Idaho-Maryland Mine

Did you know that the Idaho-Maryland Mine, located in Grass Valley, is one of the oldest mines in our region? In the last 20 years, three different companies have attempted to make the mine operational again. SYRCL is watchdogging the project due to negative mining impacts within the Yuba and Bear River watersheds from past operations. Read more

Legacy Mine Impacts in the Yuba River Watershed

The Gold Rush in California changed the landscape in California. Miners and settlers displaced native people and denigrated their communities and practices, resulting in clearcutting and the washing away of hillsides by hydraulic mining. Read more