SYRCL deeply values the contributions of our Community of Yuba Volunteers. In our efforts to enhance the SYRCL volunteer experience, we recently conducted a survey to gather insights and recommendations from subscribers to SYRCL’s E-News about what motivates them to volunteer (for SYRCL and other organizations), and what might make volunteering even more enticing.
Now that the Summer Solstice has passed and the temperatures are on the rise, volunteer River Ambassadors are more important than ever. Since Memorial Day, the program has targeted Highway 49 and Bridgeport, as those two crossings see some of the greatest visitation on the weekends. Moving forward, we’d like to be able to have River Ambassadors stationed at Purdon Crossing for the rest of the summer as well.
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SYRCL’s 26th Annual Yuba River Cleanup will be taking place on September 23, 2023 (with a self-guided component the following week). This annual event not only demonstrates Nevada County’s pride in the beauty of its watershed but has become a critical part of keeping the Yuba from further environmental degradation due to overuse and unthinking recreators.
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the start of the “river season” in Nevada County, where locals and out-of-towners alike descend upon the Yuba River in droves, looking to cool down and enjoy the unparalleled beauty of area. For this reason, Memorial Day weekend is also the start of the South Yuba River Citizens League and California State Park’s River Ambassadors Program. Now that the Yuba is “Instagram-famous”, the number of individuals who are coming to the river to recreate has risen exponentially. With the river so high, fast, and cold this year, the River Ambassador program has become all the more important as they educate newcomers and remind return visitors about river safety and etiquette.