Dams and Hydropower

Update on Centennial Dam
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Update on Centennial Dam

Nevada Irrigation District is re-engaging in an effort to plan for their future water needs. The resulting plan will be known as the Plan for Water and the public process kicks off on November 9th at 4PM. The final version of the plan will reassess hydrology, water supply, and demand over the next 50 years. Ultimately, the plan will help NID determine if our region needs additional water storage. Thus, this planning process will be an important inflection point in the campaign against Centennial Dam.

SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions Serve More Students
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SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions Serve More Students

Earlier this month, we resumed Salmon Expeditions for grade school students from Nevada and Yuba counties after a year away from the river.

SYRCL has worked with schools to implement COVID-safety precautions so the organization can float nearly 1,200 students down the lower Yuba River on rafts to witness spawning salmon. Thanks to a generous grant from Yuba Water Agency, students from Title 1 schools in Yuba County are able to attend free of charge.

SYRCL Opposes Idaho-Maryland Mine
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SYRCL Opposes Idaho-Maryland Mine

In November 2019, Rise Gold submitted a project description to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine with the hope of extracting gold on the 119-acre New Brunswick site as well as the 56-acre site on Idaho-Maryland Road.

SYRCL has been researching the project since 2019. Earlier this year, SYRCL’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to oppose the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine.

Shortly after, on July 28, 2021, SYRCL joined ten other local and regional environmental organizations in signing a letter to Mr. Patrick Pulupa, the Executive Officer of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, to express deep concern over the impacts reopening the mine could have on water quality and flows.

SYRCL Announces “Yuba-Tubin’ World” themed water park at Englebright Dam
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SYRCL Announces “Yuba-Tubin’ World” themed water park at Englebright Dam

In a move that promises to transform river-based environmental advocacy and the tourism industry around the world, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) today announced a proposal to build a massive water park at Englebright Dam on the main stem of the Yuba River 20 miles west of Grass Valley. Details

Yuba Salmon Now Update: Federal Judge Says it’s Time to End Debate on Yuba River Dams
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Yuba Salmon Now Update: Federal Judge Says it’s Time to End Debate on Yuba River Dams

SYRCL and Friends of the River recently sent a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service to compel the agency to craft a watershed-wide solution to save the threatened species native to the Yuba Watershed, including Spring-run Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, and green sturgeon. The letter demands a new biological opinion, presenting compelling evidence that harm caused by the Corps’ dams, compounded by increased harm from climate change, is responsible for the dramatic decrease in Yuba River fish populations. Details

SYRCL’s Statement on NID Election Campaign Mailer
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SYRCL’s Statement on NID Election Campaign Mailer

A misleading mailer, sent by Rich Johansen, a candidate for the Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors, implies that SYRCL is a “backer” of his opponent, John Norton.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, SYRCL cannot and does not engage in any political activity, and as an organization SYRCL does not support, oppose, or contribute to any candidates for elected office—period. Details

What do you know about the Idaho-Maryland Mine?
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What do you know about the Idaho-Maryland Mine?

Did you know that the Idaho-Maryland Mine, located in Grass Valley, is one of the oldest mines in our region? In the last 20 years, three different companies have attempted to make the mine operational again. SYRCL is watchdogging the project due to negative mining impacts within the Yuba and Bear River watersheds from past operations. Details