River Alerts: Flow Advisory & New Regulations

Flow Advisory

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It’s that time of year again. The weather has been unseasonably warm, the kids are out of school and everyone is eager to get to the river and start enjoying their favorite river activities. It is important to keep in mind that while we received a significant amount of rain this winter and the best snowpack in years, rapidly increasing warm days can cause snowmelt to fluctuate and water levels and water temperatures to be unpredictable. Although air temperatures are hot, water temperatures are cold. Be mindful that hypothermia is a real hazard, and take precautions to protect yourself from the effects of cold water. The Yuba can be deceptively fast-moving and underwater objects can pose threats to swimmers, boaters and pets. Like any river, people should always consider the risks when entering the water.

kayakersLocal water and energy agencies are advising river-goers to be cautious when using Northern California waterways for recreation this summer. The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. recently released a statement warning citizens to be alert  because of the high level of snowmelt pouring into the Yuba River.

River Ambassadors

While you are at the river you may see our River Ambassadors, a dedicated team of volunteers who spend summer weekends at the four main Yuba River crossings. With an estimated 700,000+ people visiting the South Yuba River State Park every year and the thousands RA3of pounds of trash removed during SYRCL’s Annual Yuba River Cleanup, the River Ambassador program was developed to prevent the South Yuba River from being “loved to death.”
Working to promote an ethic of responsible, non-polluting use of the river, River Ambassadors speak one-on-one with visitors at crossings, beaches and on trails to educate folks about the polluting impacts of trash and dog waste, the dangers of broken glass, and the catastrophic potential of wildfire.

  1. Glass is the number one cause of injury at the river. Leave it at home.
  2. Dog waste can cause algae blooms in the river. River Ambassadors always carry extra dog bags if you should need one.
  3. Pack it in, pack it out! Take out what you bring in.
  4. A fire in the canyon would be catastrophic. Please don’t start camp fires. If you smoke, River Ambassadors have mint tins for cigarette butts.

New Parking Regulations

If your summer plans involve a trip to the Purdon Crossing, please heed the new parking regulations which will be enforced by California State Parks Rangers.
“In an effort to address issues such as; illegal overnight camping on State Park property, reduce the threat of illegal fires and after hour illegal activities, while still providing access to BLM camping at China Bar on the South Yuba River, State Parks will be posting a new order, Title 14 CCR 4326a.  The new Posted Order will  limit parking hours at the Purdon Crossing Parking Lot on State Park property from  7am to Sunset.  State Parks is working with BLM to have signage changed.  The new regulation will allow two parking sites identified for 72-hour parking, for vehicles associated with persons accessing BLM China Bar camping.  Law enforcement officials will be issuing warnings for two weeks for vehicles parking in violation of park hours.  My thanks to the County, BLM and our partners for supporting our efforts to make our State Parks and the community safer for all of our visitors and residents.” —  Matthew Green, Chief Ranger, Sierra District, California State Parks

For more information about SYRCL’s River Ambassador program and to sign up, please contact Courtney Hudson, Stewardship Coordinator at courtney@syrcl.org or (530)265-5961 ext. 212

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