Yuba Salmon Now

The Yuba Salmon Now campaign envisions a day when wild salmon swim freely from the summit to the sea―liberated from the threat of extinction and restored to their ecological prominence in our state’s natural heritage―and once again provide jobs, world-renowned fishing, and a source of healthy food.

Through advocacy, science, restoration projects and education programs, SYRCL leads a comprehensive effort to restore salmon and steelhead in the Yuba River watershed.

Today, SYRCL is working on a number of key actions to help restore and strengthen native fisheries in the Yuba River watershed:

  1. Plan and implement active fish habitat restoration in the lower Yuba River watershed through projects such as Long Bar and Hallwood that remediate the effects of hydraulic mining and create more habitat for salmon and steelhead.
  2. Conduct outreach and education to increase awareness regarding Yuba Salmon restoration. SYRCL will utilize , media, online platforms and present at local venues to promote the importance of a healthy watershed and fisheries.
  3. Produce information and analysis necessary to develop supported actions for Yuba Salmon in the lower Yuba River watershed. Actions include finalizing important management reports such as the Lower Yuba River Restoration Action Plan. SYRCL will also continue to monitor water temperature and other water quality parameters throughout the lower Yuba River.
  4. Advocate for volitional fish passage to restore the keynote anadromous fish to the historic reaches of their watershed to improve the overall health of the Yuba River watershed.

For more information about our recent work for Yuba Salmon, please subscribe to our enews and check out our projects below:

stingerLower Yuba Restoration

The Lower Yuba River has been dramatically altered by hydraulic mining sediments, dredger mining, dams, levees, and alteration of flows. SYRCL is leading efforts to rehabilitate the lower Yuba River for salmon, steelhead, riparian vegetation, and wildlife by developing specific project concepts. Read more

Yuba River Development Project Updates

In May 2018, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released their Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Yuba River Development Project. SYRCL reached out to community members and received 215 letters from individuals commenting on the inadequate report, requesting better protections for Yuba Salmon and the Yuba River. Read more

Recovering Threatened Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon 

Three fish species native to the Yuba River are threatened with risk of extinction: Spring-run Chinook salmon, steelhead trout and green sturgeon. Our goal is to restore healthy conditions in the Yuba River so as to eliminate the risk of extinction and provide the ecological and cultural benefits to our watershed which are associated with healthy native fish populations. Read more

IMG_0379-300x225Salmon Expeditions

Join SYRCL River Science staff and wonderful river guides on a float trip down the lower Yuba to see spawning salmon. This educational and fun day on a raft includes learning about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted the river, SYRCL’s work to protect salmon, including a major restoration project at Hammon Bar. Read more