Several major challenges have arisen since SYRCL published its Yuba Salmon Now Campaign Plan:
- In 2014, the federal government reversed their position on Englebright Dam claiming that the dam is part of the environmental baseline and therefore impacts to salmon – determined in 2012 to pose jeopardy of extinction – were not subject to the Endangered Species Act.
- In 2015, the Yuba Salmon Partnership Initiative proposed their “trap and haul” plan, which recommends trapping and trucking wild salmon around dams, both to and from the North Yuba River.
- In 2018, The Army Corps of Engineers released its draft Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study which only recommends floodplain habitat restoration measures and claims that fish passage projects over Daguerre or Englebright are infeasible.
SYRCL’s Yuba Salmon Now campaign supports taking immediate actions in the Lower Yuba Now, without ever losing sight or compromising the ultimate goal of free fish passage for wild salmon from the summit to the sea and back again and again.
For a comparison of the Trap and Haul Plan to SYRCL’s Vision, view these map presentations: