The Army Corps is coming to town to solicit public input about the “Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study.”
If you care about restoring wild salmon, we strongly urge you to attend these important meetings. This is your chance to let the Army Corps know how important restoring wild salmon is to a healthy ecosystem. The staff will collect written comments at the meetings and until November 9th.
The Corps’ press release states: “The meetings will present an outline of the study’s purpose, a tentative schedule and provide the first opportunity for public interaction with the project team. The Corps and our non-Federal partners, the Yuba County Water Agency, will be on hand to discuss the study and answer any questions about the process and accept public comments.”
The Army Corps owns and operates Englebright and Daguerre Point Dams, which block salmon and steelhead from their historic habitat in the upper Yuba River. For years, SYRCL and our partners have advocated for the Corps to develop a plan to restore fish passage over these dams.
Recently, Congress authorized the Corps to conduct a $3 million feasibility study of actions to restore the Yuba River. We are pleased that the study is underway and that the public will have a chance to submit comments; we also commend YCWA for agreeing to share the costs of this study.
It is important for the Corps to hear from the public your expectation that this study be comprehensive in answering how fish will be able to pass over the dams – and that the study must include dam removal and dam lowering scenarios. We are concerned that the priority of fish passage is conspicuously absent from their recent press releases.
Please plan to attend one of the three public meetings scheduled in Nevada City, Marysville and Sacramento:
• Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1 – 3 p.m.
John E. Moss Federal Building Stanford Room,
650 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814
• Thursday, Oct. 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
Nevada County Library Community Room,
980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
• Wednesday, Nov. 4, 5 – 7 p.m.
Yuba County Government Center Conference Rm,
915 8th Street, Marysville, CA 95901
SYRCL is working to coordinate turnout locally and in Marysville. Please use this online survey to RSVP and get connected to SYRCL’s Yuba Salmon Now campaign. Please share this with friends throughout the watershed too so their voices are heard for wild salmon.
SYRCL staff will host an information session before the public meetings for those interested in learning more about the Army Corps study and SYRCL’s positions. Please use the online survey to RSVP.
“Casual carpools” from the SYRCL Parking Lot (313 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City):
- To Sacramento on October 28th, meet at SYRCL at 11am
- To Marysville on November 4th, meet at SYRCL at 3:30pm
Written comments may be submitted until Nov. 9, 2015, and should be sent to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District; Attn: Michael Fong, CESPK-PD-RP; 1325 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-2922 or by email to Michael.R.Fong@usace.army.mil. For emailed comments, please include “Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study” in the subject line.