Join the river circus |

Join the river circus

Residents of Nevada County who use and enjoy the South Yuba River should really be attending the fortnightly South Yuba River Management Plan meetings. Unfortunately, they are sparsely attended (usually less than 30) but will have an enormous impact on who can use the river, when, and how in the immediate future.

Among the issues the few attendees are trying to craft and implement are carrying capacity (how many people can use any part of the river at one time, with most working to greatly reduce users), eliminating roadside parking, user fees, and changing multi-use BLM lands to single use. Very vocal individuals can and do hold up the process while attempting to craft the plan to fit their own personal vision, no matter how stringent or bizarre.

And because the Yuba is now a State Wild and Scenic river and park, the focus has been changed from what locals want to what is best for the state’s population. If those pushing for federal designation get their way, local control and input will be close to nil.

Sept. 14 and 28 at the LOVE Building, Condon Park, Grass Valley, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – come see the circus for yourself.

John McAlister

Nevada City

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