Englebright Dam and Daguerre Point Dam are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. SYRCL’s advocacy work has led to a $3M study process called the Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. The study is an important opportunity to formalize a federal interest in projects to improve fish passage and fish habitat. The local cost share partner for the study is the Yuba County Water Agency.
The Army Corps released its draft interim feasibility study in January 2018. The Army Corps interim draft feasibility study focuses entirely on floodplain restoration projects. We at SYRCL know that floodplain restoration is important, however only the Army Corps can make improvements at Englebright Dam and Daguerre Point Dam. SYRCL is working in partnership to restore about 200 acres in the Lower Yuba River, but we can’t improve fish passage over Yuba River Dams without the Army Corps.
SYRCL thanks the many citizens who attended public meetings about the Feasibility Study in 2015 and 2018, and provided comments to the Army Corps regarding the scope and priorities for the study. The final draft of the Feasibility Study is expected to be released sometime in the Spring of 2019.
Formal Comments to the Army Corps:
Draft Feasibility Study Comments:
- SYRCL and 7 other conservation group’s comments, February 2018
- SYRCL’s detailed comments, February 2018
News and Posts:
- Army Corps Hears from SYRCL’s Coalition and Members
- Army Corps Starts $3 million Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study
- What Costs $3 Million, is 3 Inches Thick, and Takes 3 Years to Complete?
- $3M Yuba River study begins, Appeal-Democrat (7/9/15)