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

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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times…to be a Yuba Salmon.

Despite our best efforts, the salmon have had two of the worst years on record. Salmon don’t appear to take notice of plans and funding requests. They continue to struggle to survive in the aftermath of the mining and dam building eras, maximizing their ability to thrive in habitat that slowly recovers. Details

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Comment Period for Yuba River Ecosystem Study Closes 2.23

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft Feasibility Report & Environmental Assessment for the Yuba River. This interim study, which is now out for public review and comment (through February 23), presents a variety of actions and alternatives for restoring the Yuba River. Yet, in its suite of suggestions, it discounts the removal of Englebright and Daguerre Point Dams as fish passage options for the Yuba. Details

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Salmonics: How much is a Yuba Salmon really worth?

How much do you think returning salmon to the Lower Yuba River is worth? SYRCL worked with five graduate students from the UC Santa Barbara School Bren School of Environmental Science and Management to answer that question. Learn more…

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Army Corps Starts $3 million Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study

The US Army Corps of Engineers announced July 1st that they have started work on the long anticipated “Yuba River ecosystem restoration feasibility study,” which will analyze fish passage options read more >>

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SYRCL Calls for Open, Science-based Process to Restore Wild Salmon

In May, the SYRCL Board of Directors unanimously voted to express concerns with and opposition to the process underway to implement a “trap and haul” program to transport salmon to read more >>

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SYRCL volunteer lends support to California Senate Bill 350

Hydropower projects are a renewable form of energy, but not without impacts to our wild and scenic rivers that should be accounted for when legislation is crafted regarding renewable energy.  read more >>

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What Costs $3 Million, is 3 Inches Thick, and Takes 3 Years to Complete?

Army Corps to Conduct Feasibility Study for Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration; Conservationists Urge Corps to fully evaluate fish passage over Englebright Dam When the US Army Corps of Engineers takes on read more >>

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Lower Yuba River restoration presentation Nov. 11, 6:30pm

Have you ever wondered what SYRCL’s vision is for restoration on the lower Yuba River? SYRCL’s River Science Director, Rachel Hutchinson, will be giving a presentation on November 11th, 6:30PM read more >>

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Yuba Salmon Update: Spring-run Count is Low

The number of salmon migrating up the Yuba River this last spring is lower than most recent years, according to preliminary counts in the fish ladders at Daguerre Point Dam. read more >>

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