Wild & Scenic Film Festival Highlights: Local’s Edition

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival has officially opened! We invite you to join us for our live virtual events, check out the films created by some of our community members, and explore our watershed during the rainy season.

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Salmon Expeditions: Getting Back Out on the Water

After a year away from the river, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is happy to announce a successful Salmon Expeditions season. Nearly 1,200 students from Nevada and Yuba counties joined us for a day to explore the lower Yuba, reflect on the history of the people and the space, and witness Chinook salmon spawning.

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Update on Centennial Dam

Nevada Irrigation District is re-engaging in an effort to plan for their future water needs. The resulting plan will be known as the Plan for Water and the public process kicks off on November 9th at 4PM. The final version of the plan will reassess hydrology, water supply, and demand over the next 50 years. Ultimately, the plan will help NID determine if our region needs additional water storage. Thus, this planning process will be an important inflection point in the campaign against Centennial Dam.

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SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions Serve More Students

Earlier this month, we resumed Salmon Expeditions for grade school students from Nevada and Yuba counties after a year away from the river.

SYRCL has worked with schools to implement COVID-safety precautions so the organization can float nearly 1,200 students down the lower Yuba River on rafts to witness spawning salmon. Thanks to a generous grant from Yuba Water Agency, students from Title 1 schools in Yuba County are able to attend free of charge.

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Calling All Cannabis Farmers & Community Members: We Need Your Help

It has been almost two years since Nevada County legalized commercial cannabis cultivation, and important changes to where and how people cultivate cannabis have occurred. We are seeking feedback from both local residents to learn more about the ways in which grows are impacting you and your area and from cannabis cultivators regarding the licensing process so we can better understand what barriers exist to coming into compliance. Details

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Asking for Action: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Letter to Biden & Harris

On January 14th, SYRCL released its annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival action letter. The action, which asserts that the Climate Crisis is a California water crisis, asked the incoming Biden Administration to declare a climate emergency during their first 100 days in office. Details

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Take Action – Tell Biden and Harris to Prioritize CA Water Today

We are so excited that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are elevating science with their new White House Science Team. Urging them to declare a climate crisis by signing our petition will help them to mobilize the resources needed for climate action now. 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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March 7: Van Norden Dam Project DEIR Adequacy Meeting

A hearing before the Nevada County Planning Commission has been scheduled for March 7 to discuss the adequacy of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Van Norden Dam Spillway Modification Project. The public and stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Details

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SYRCL Asks Nevada County to Prioritize Yuba Watershed Protections in Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance

SYRCL submitted a comment letter to Nevada County analyzing the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on its proposed Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance (NCCO). “As the Yuba River is an economic driver, recreational treasure, and ecological stronghold within our community, SYRCL took our obligation to protect the Yuba River seriously and spoke on behalf of this resource in these comments,” said Melinda Booth, SYRCL’s Executive Director. Details

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