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Unveiling the Van Norden Meadow Restoration Project Following a Record-Breaking Winter

Following a record-breaking winter, South Yuba River Citizen League (SYRCL) scientists were eager to check in on the success of the restoration completed in 2022 during Phase 1 of the Van Norden Meadow Restoration Project! Van Norden meadow (Yayalu Itdeh in Washoe), an important 485-acre meadow at the headwaters of the South Yuba River, is […]

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Aaron Zettler-Mann Promoted to SYRCL Executive Director

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) proudly announces the appointment of Aaron Zettler-Mann as its new Executive Director, marking a significant step in the organization’s ongoing commitment to the preservation and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. George Olive, SYRCL’s Board President, announced the board’s decision after a rigorous nationwide search.  Aaron Zettler-Mann has […]

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SYRCL’s Yuba River Cleanup: Volunteer Registration Now Open

The South Yuba River Citizens League’s Annual River Cleanup is turning 26 this year and registration to participate is open at Each September since 1997, as part of a larger cleanup effort called California Coastal Cleanup Day, SYRCL has organized an annual Yuba River Cleanup event uniting the community to remove the trash that […]

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The Role of SYRCL’s Annual Yuba River Cleanup in Pollution Prevention

The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range encompasses around 400 miles in California, housing an extensive network of rivers and streams that converge and flow through the Central Valley into the Pacific Ocean. The Sierra is also rich in natural resources, producing 60% of California’s water supply and supplying the state with 50% of its hydroelectric energy. […]

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SYRCL: Mixed Reactions to the Closed-Door Yuba River Negotiations

On May 16th , Governor Newsom, along with Yuba Water Agency, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) held a press conference announcing efforts to build a fish passage canal around Daguerre Point Dam and begin a reintroduction trap-and- haul effort around New Bullards Bar Dam. The […]

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SYRCL’s River Ambassador Program Seeks Outdoor Enthusiasts to be Part of the Solution

Living in Nevada County, you’ve probably realized that our beloved Yuba River has been “discovered”. With an estimated 800,000+ people visiting the South Yuba River State Park every year, the South Yuba River Citizens League’s River Ambassador program was developed in 2012 in partnership between SYRCL and State Parks to ensure that the Yuba River […]

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Op-Ed | SYRCL: California can’t afford the Idaho-Maryland Mine

In 2019, Rise Gold Corp., a private company based out of Canada, submitted plans to the Nevada County Planning Department outlining a proposal to reopen the long-abandoned Idaho-Maryland Mine – hidden away beneath the vibrant community of Grass Valley, an archive of toxic mine waste and an intricate underground tunnel system dating back to the […]

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Yuba Is The Heart, SYRCL’s 40th Anniversary Film, available to watch online

Forty years ago, the South Yuba River Citizens League began caring for the South Yuba River by advocating for dam removal and gaining Wild and Scenic protection. Today, their work encompasses the entire Yuba River watershed – from the Sierra crest to the valley floor. To celebrate SYRCL’s fortieth anniversary, they commissioned a film from […]

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Applications open for SYRCL’s 2023 Environmentalist of the Year Award

Nevada City, CA — Since 2002, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has offered a $4,000 scholarship to a graduating senior pursuing a degree in the environmental field (science, advocacy, education, art, communication, technology, sustainability, etc.). This year the deadline for students to apply is February 24, 2023. In order to be eligible for […]

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Cannabis Cultivation in the Yuba Watershed Workshop: Clarifying Common Misconceptions

Nevada City, CA – Through Growing Green for the Yuba, SYRCL’s goal is to inspire the community to engage in sustainable and ecologically sound cannabis cultivation in the Yuba River watershed. On January 11th from 5:30 to 6:45, join SYRCL, with guest speakers from the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance, at Nevada County Media at 355 […]

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