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Yuba River restoration meeting pulls large crowd, gets public comment for feasibility study

In a room crowded with people wanting to learn more about the restoration of Northern California’s Yuba River watershed, Barbara Getz sat in an alcove with a court reporter.

Getz, one of many who attended Thursday’s public input session in Nevada City, put her comments on the record as the reporter tapped them into a machine.

“I’m very interested in this $3 million study,” Getz said. “I would like to see salmon pass above Daguerre Point Dam and Englebright Dam on their own accord.”



Getz’s comments are exactly what the U.S. Corps of Engineers is looking for at this point in its feasibility study. In order to develop that study and later an environmental impact report, the Corps held the Thursday meeting to gather the public’s opinion on the best way to restore the watershed.

“That’s the largest goal of this meeting, to get their ideas. There’s a lot of passion in this room. There’s a lot of people who love this river.”Robert KiddU.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Johan Ehde and Amelia Workman, both with South Yuba River Citizens League, argue salmon are essential to the watershed’s health. The fish bring nutrients to the area, which make their way up the food chain.




“They’re an integral part,” Ehde said. “The things that depend on salmon would go missing.”

Ehde wrote down his comments as Robert Kidd, public affairs representative with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, stood nearby. Kidd told people about to leave the session at the Madelyn Helling Library how they could submit their thoughts.

“That’s the largest goal of this meeting, to get their ideas,” he said. “There’s a lot of passion in this room. There’s a lot of people who love this river.”

According to Kidd, the feasibility study and EIR should take no longer than three years.

The information will then proceed to Congress, which has the authority to fund the chosen restoration effort.

Those who missed Thursday’s meeting can still have their voices heard. There’s another meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Yuba County Government Center conference room, 915 Eighth St., Marysville.

They can also email their comments to Michael.R.Fong@usace.army.mil.

The deadline for comments is Nov. 9.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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