Fighting for the Yuba’s Threatened Species

Our beloved Yuba River once supported massive runs of Chinook salmon and steelhead that served as a keystone species that supported ecosystems from the Sierra to the sea. Legend says that the fish runs were so dense in the Yuba River that one could run across the water on the backs of salmon! Details

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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 Yuba’s Most Famous Fish: Chinook Salmon

Tyler Goodearly, SYRCL’s fish biologist, is a seemingly endless source of information about our favorite native fish. He’s offered to share fun fish facts about some of those fish who inhabit the beautiful waters of the Yuba, starting with one of our favorites. Details

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Discover the History and Ecology of the Yuba Goldfields

Join SYRCL on a short tour of the Lower Yuba River to learn about the history and ecology of the Goldfields and what SYRCL is doing to restore this important place. We will meet at the SYRCL office and carpool down to the Lower Yuba River where we will spend 2-3 hours on a walking and driving tour. Details

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Your Call to Action for Our Yuba Salmon

We heard you loud and clear. You want protection for Yuba River Salmon. So do we. At Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we collected 2,411 signatures urging Governor Gavin Newsom to make Yuba River salmon a priority. Thanks to you, we exceeded our goal by more than 400. Details

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Action Alert: Tell Governor Newsom to Save Yuba Salmon

Wild salmon are in trouble. Drought, dams, and climate change are driving the West Coast’s most iconic fish closer to extinction. The Trump Administration has also threatened to undermine California’s ability to manage its own water, even though State and Federal agencies had worked in concert with the belief that wildlife protection, ecosystem restoration, and human & economic goals can coexist. 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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Salmon Expeditions Empower the Next Generation

Local students are learning the important role salmon play as indicators to the health of our watershed and how human impacts to the river have quickly reduced the wild salmon populations. Details

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2018 Hammon Bar Monitoring Update

Hammon Bar was the first restoration project in the Lower Yuba River and today it serves as proof that floodplain restoration along the river can work. 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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