Dams create a number of issues for the overall health of a watershed. One of the primary issues is that they modify the volume (discharge) and timing of when and how water flows in the portion of the river downstream. Dams trap and store water in the wet periods of time, and then release additional water during the dry, hot periods of time to meet human need.
The SouthYuba River Citizens League’s Annual River Cleanup is turning 26 this year. Over the last quarter of a century, volunteers have removed more than 135 tons of trash and recycling from our watershed. However, the work is far from over.
In the last few years, the Yuba River has been enjoyed by over 800,000 people each summer. From locals to out-of-town visitors, everyone has an impact on the river. By the end of “river season,” the Yuba needs a little help from the community that loves it.
Here’s where YOU come in.
In support of this year’s River Cleanup and SYRCL’s ongoing efforts to care for and safeguard the Yuba, we ask you to consider contributing to the 2023 Yuba River Clean-a-thon.
SYRCL unites the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed. As river stewards, it’s essential for us to stay informed about the issues affecting water usage and advocate for positive change. This is especially true concerning issues of water rights, the process of dam relicensing, and environmental justice.
Chinook, coho, and steelhead once thrived within California’s rivers and streams. The last number of decades, though, have born witness to a significant decline in their populations. This decline is attributed to a culmination of factors including water damming and diversions, habitat degradation, the impacts of climate change, and persistent drought conditions. Regrettably, this decline has led to the complete disappearance of these species from numerous streams.