Remembering Don Jones, our Treasured Friend of the Yuba

By: Wendy Thompson (former SYRCL River Monitoring Program Coordinator) The name Don Jones will always bring a smile to the faces of those who knew him. Don’s retired life revolved around the Yuba River. He became a stalwart volunteer-of-all-trades as one of SYRCL’s first and foremost River Monitors in 2000, and did everything he could read more >>

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Entering the Dry Season in the Fourth Year of Drought: A Case Study on the Yuba River

By: Karl Ronning, River Monitoring Coordinator and Rachel Hutchinson, River Science Director With California entering its fourth year of drought, SYRCL’s volunteer River Monitors brought back evidence in March that water temperature and quality is suffering across the Yuba River watershed. Sierra Snowpack at Historic Low The lack of snow in the Sierra Nevada’s makes read more >>

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Meet our newest Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership members!

SYRCL is thrilled to announce the recent arrival of three brilliant additions to the SYRCL team.  Monday was the first day of service for our new Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership members Karl, Svetlana and Suzanne.  They will be at the helm of our River Monitoring, Restoration and River Ambassador programs, respectively. Karl grew up in read more >>

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AmeriCorps Goodbye For Now, But Not Forever

Since 2007, SYRCL has valued its participation in the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). The SNAP program has enabled SYRCL to hire 2-3 highly qualified and hardworking staff members. This year we said “goodbye” to three amazing AmeriCorps members, Marianne Pott, Adele Rife and Jenn Tamo! Marianne Pott, SYRCLs 2013-2014 River Monitoring Coordinator, will be read more >>

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Your Favorite River Spots Are Safe to Swim!

Great news!!  Results from samples collected by local citizen scientists this summer during the State of California’s “Safe to Swim” study show that levels of bacteria at the Yuba’s popular swimming holes meet federal guidelines for recreational contact with water. This summer, SYRCL selected eight priority sites throughout the North, Middle, and South forks of the Yuba.  River read more >>

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Upper Rock Creek goes Dry!

July’s River Monitors came back from their monthly monitoring with some surprising news: Rock Creek upstream of Lake Vera has gone dry.  A few stagnant pools remain around the Rector Road bridge on Rock Creek, however most of the stream channel above the bridge is completely dry.  This is the second occurrence of Upper Rock Creek going read more >>

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River Monitors Collect Data on Water Quality and Bacteria Throughout the Summer

As summer rolls on, the River Monitoring Team continues to collect information on water quality conditions at 38 sites throughout the Yuba watershed on a monthly basis.  The effects of a drier-than-average winter are visible in the data.  As the water gets warmer, dissolved oxygen levels continue to fall making streams less hospitable for aquatic read more >>

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SYRCL is Now Accepting AmeriCorps Applications: Deadline August 1st

Do you love the Sierra? Want to help restore and protect the Range of Light while gaining valuable environmental professional experience? Apply today to become a Member of the 2014 – 2015 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) and serve with South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). SYRCL and SNAP are seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to read more >>

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Lower Yuba River Symposium July 15, 2014

The Yuba Accord River Management Team will host this year’s Lower Yuba River Fisheries Symposium  near the river, and especially for local people who want to know more about salmon and steelhead populations and the habitat that supports them.  This is the sixth annual symposium of this type, focused on the Yuba Accord Fisheries Monitoring read more >>

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Adopt-a-Site, Support River Monitoring

Newly launched, SYRCL is proud to announce the Frank L. Wright Memorial River Monitoring Adopt-a-Site Program. Did you know about our award-winning, robust citizen science monitoring program?  Since 2001 volunteers have been systematically monitoring sites along the Yuba River (all three forks, mainstem, and many tributaries) in order to monitor and assess water quality conditions.  read more >>

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