River Monitoring Returns!

This past March, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our River Monitoring volunteers, the River Monitoring program held a smooth transition back into community driven water quality monitoring of Yuba waters after essentially a year hiatus! Details

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River Monitoring Orientation

To become a River Monitor, we encourage you to attend our virtual orientation on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 6–7pm, where we’ll cover what the river monitoring program. We will also offer a required field training day where volunteers can learn how to conduct river monitoring (may take place in early March, but remains COVID-dependent).

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SYRCL Receives Support to Build Forest Resilience & Assess Wildfire Impacts

SYRCL’s Watershed Science team is involved in efforts to foster forest resiliency to prevent future high-intensity forest fires and to catalogue the impacts of fire suppression techniques. This work is done in collaboration with many incredible partners, including volunteers as well as local, regional, and national organizations. In this article, we highlight recent support SYRCL has received for this important work. Details

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California State Parks Foundation Awards $135,000 in Grants in Response to California Wildfires

California State Parks Foundation announced today that it has awarded $135,000 in grants to 15 parks and park partners to help parks recover from the devastating 2020 wildfires. Details

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Post-Jones Fire: First Flush Evaluation

In August 2020, the Jones Fire ignited in the South Yuba River canyon and burned 705 acres along Rush Creek, a tributary to our Wild and Scenic South Yuba River. Anticipating that fire retardant used to contain the fire would make its way into Rush Creek and the South Yuba, SYRCL conducted first flush storm sampling during rain events in November to examine potential impacts. Details

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SYRCL's Restoration Coordinator, Cody Wasuta, conducting River Monitoring at Lavezzola Creek

River Monitoring: A Wrap for 2020 and Beginning Anew in 2021

Last year marked the 20th anniversary of our River Monitoring program. Kicking off as it typically does in March with a committed group of volunteers who monitor 35 sites around the watershed, it abruptly transitioned to a solely staff-led venture. Covering the monthly work of more than 40 trained River Monitors is a time consuming task for just a couple of people; however, dedicated SYRCL staff successfully completed the season. Details

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Join SYRCL’s AmeriCorps Team

SYRCL is seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to a year of service to protect Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities. During the year, SNAP members will gain skills and technical training, mentor with outstanding environmental leaders and receive an education award at the successful completion of service. Details

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Celebrating 20 Years of Citizen Science

As we reminisce on 20 years of River Monitoring at SYRCL, we recognize our achievements and the incredible citizen-scientists who have helped us along the way. The River Monitoring Program was built by passionate and devoted community members, and today, the program is fortified by that same passion and support. Details

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Welcome to our Newest SYRCL AmeriCorps

Please join us in welcoming our new AmeriCorps team members: Andrea, Jesse & Asia! Look for them at upcoming outreach events and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, January 17-21. Details

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New Reservoir Assessment for Invasive Mussels

The vast majority of North America has been infested by zebra and quagga mussel. These mussels have profound impacts to aquatic ecosystems. SYRCL in partnership with Tahoe National Forest received a grant from the CA Department of Boating and Waterways to conduct a vulnerability assessment and develop a prevention plan for eight reservoirs. Details

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