Caring for the Yuba During a Drought

Nevada City Council declares Drought Stage 3 Warning On June 18, 2021, the Nevada City Council declared a Drought Stage 3 Warning in response to a severe lack of rainfall, which read more >>

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Sunscreen Slicks & the South Yuba

Over the past several weeks, our River Ambassadors have been fielding questions from river-goers about a slick they are seeing on the water. While an oily film on the water can be the result of a number of things, it is likely a result of thousands of visitors wearing sunscreen. Read more about how sunscreen can impact rivers like the Yuba.

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What Does this Year’s Drought Mean for Our Community?

On April 28, 2021 the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Board of Directors declared a drought emergency for their service area. Two weeks later Governor Newson expanded the State’s drought emergency read more >>

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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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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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Fall Transitions

Our 2019/20 AmeriCorps team has completed their year of service. Read on to find out who will be staying on and learn more about our new team members. Details

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Fire and Water on the Yuba

This past August, our community and watershed faced a challenge we all knew was likely but hoped would never happen; the Jones Fire burned in the South Yuba River canyon, destroying 21 homes and structures. When the smoke cleared, we were left with a new landscape. Details

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