Restoration & Redds: Findings from our 2021 Survey

Spring run chinook salmon are a threatened species on the Yuba. The restoration project at the Rose Bar project site is focused on enhancing the amount and quality of spawning habitat. Redd surveys provide quantifiable restoration results in addition to supplying an index of how the salmon population is doing.

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Return to the River You Love

Last year, SYRCL asked Yuba River lovers to write love letters to the Yuba. There are many ways to express love for the yuba and we received uniquely heartfelt and creative submissions. We were so moved, that we are inviting you to revisit them with us.

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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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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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Attacks on Clean Water Protections Threaten the Yuba

The Trump Administration’s efforts to sacrifice clean water for energy projects are directly impacting the Yuba and its tributaries. Details

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SYRCL to Feds: Don’t Let NID Undermine the Clean Water Act

Nevada City, CA – On February 19, 2019, Nevada Irrigation District (NID) asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to waive safe water quality legal requirements for their Yuba Bear hydroelectric project based on a recent federal court ruling (Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC) that removes water quality protections for hydroelectric projects. Details

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SYRCL Receives Funding for Forest Health Partnership

On March 21, 2019, the South Yuba River Citizens League, in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest, the Camptonville Community Partnership, and Yuba Water Agency received competitive funding from the California Department of Conservation to lead a groundbreaking, collaborative forest health program in the Yuba River watershed. 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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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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