In late August, SYCRL coordinated two public safety outreach meetings to help our community get answers to their concerns about the placement of two rotary Screw Traps in the North Yuba River. The rotary screw traps are being placed in the North Yuba as one of the initial data gathering steps of the Yuba Salmon Study.
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.
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.
Back in late 2022, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and the University of California, Santa Cruz put out a survey in hopes of getting community input on issues surrounding river health, fisheries, and fish passage at Daguerre Point Dam on the lower Yuba River. Now the results are in!