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SYRCL to host Earth Day event

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Like the president's annual address, the South Yuba River Citizens League has scheduled its State of the Yuba event on Earth Day to report to the citizens of the Yuba watershed on the condition of the river, outline SYRCL's priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlist all river lovers in the protection and restoration of the Yuba.

Join SYRCL on Tuesday, April 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (program from 6-7:30 p.m.) at the Peace Lutheran Church (828 West Main St., Grass Valley) for this informative and free event. Light refreshments, snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Updates on SYRCL's new River Monitoring Plan and Yuba Salmon Now campaign will be featured in the program. The new River Monitoring Plan will outline priorities related to long-term monitoring sites, mine-land streams, dam-affected reaches, invasive species, the upper South Yuba and more.

"We have been hard at work developing new goals for SYRCL's 14-year-old River Monitoring program based on our analysis of past data and future watershed challenges," said Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL's river programs manager.

In addition, SYRCL Executive Director Caleb Dardick and River Scientist Gary Reedy will give the latest progress report on the Yuba Salmon Now campaign. Wild salmon once returned to Central Valley rivers in the millions each year, with up to 300,000 in the Yuba alone. Today, Yuba salmon runs have dropped to less than 8,000, leading to their listing as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.

SYRCL's Yuba Salmon Now campaign outlines crucial actions for the next three years to save salmon in the Yuba River.

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"If we do not take bold actions to reverse these declines, it is likely that these species will go extinct. We cannot let this happen on our watch," Dardick said.

Awards for SYRCL's Volunteer of the Year and Partner of the Year will be presented at the event, as well.

The public, including SYRCL members, supporters, river lovers of all kinds and anyone interested in finding out more about SYRCL's programs is welcome to come celebrate Earth Day with SYRCL.

For more information, contact Miriam Limov, river people manager, at 530-265-5961, x201, or

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