Public invited to Thursday public hearing in Nevada County about Yuba River watershed |

Public invited to Thursday public hearing in Nevada County about Yuba River watershed


What: Public meeting about Yuba River watershed

Where: Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday

Nevada County residents interested in sharing their thoughts on the restoration of Northern California’s Yuba River watershed get their chance this Thursday at a public hearing.

The meeting is scheduled 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.

Attendees of that meeting can give their ideas on restoring the river’s ecosystem, said Robert Kidd, public affairs representative with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Plants, animals, water and more — anything affiliated with the ecosystem is up for discussion.

“We’re asking the public for their suggestions,” Kidd said.

The Corps intends to collect comments and incorporate them into a feasibility study.

That study will lead to another opportunity for public input before officials compile an environmental impact statement, Kidd said.

“For years, SYRCL has advocated for the Army Corps to develop a plan to restore fish passage over Englebright Dam and solve problems at Daguerre Point Dam for wild salmon and steelhead listed as ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act,” Caleb Dardick, executive director of the South Yuba River Citizens League, said in an email.

“Now that this ecosystem restoration study is underway, we expect the Corps’ talented engineers to answer how to get these fish upstream for the health of the whole Yuba River.”

The feasibility study and EIR, once completed, will proceed to Congress, which will decide whether to fund the proposal.

Officials want the study process to cost under $3 million and reach Congress within three years.

Representatives with the Corps and the Yuba County Water Agency will be at Thursday’s meeting to discuss the process and answer questions.

Another public meeting on the restoration is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Yuba County Government Center conference room, 915 Eighth St., Marysville.

People also can submit written comments to the corps by mailing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District; Attn: Michael Fong, CESPK-PD-RP; 1325 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-2922.

The deadline for written comments is Nov. 9.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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