Help Protect Whitewater Resources In The Bear And Yuba River Watersheds (CA)

posted October 4, 2018
by Theresa Simsiman

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Our partners at the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) Need Your Help To Stop Centennial Dam by attending a rally and meeting next Tuesday, October 9th (details below). Nevada Irrigation District (NID) will vote at a special meeting to cease spending on the dam proposal and focus on their Raw Water Master Plan (RWMP). Plans for the proposed Centennial Dam threaten 91 miles of whitewater resources on the Yuba River watershed and would permanently flood whitewater sections on the Bear River.

When NID announced in April they were pivoting their focus from the controversial Centennial Dam proposal to updating their RWMP, SYRCL was cautiously optimistic. To support this new direction, SYRCL sent NID a letter requesting the NID Board of Directors cease spending on Centennial efforts while focusing on the RWMP (a report that will outline how raw water will be used over the next 50 years in our community). Since our April request, NID has spent more than $700,000 of public funds on property acquisitions and related work--without addressing our request.

NID has finally agreed to address SYRCL’s request to cease spending and will vote at a Special meeting next week on Tuesday October 9th. We need to show NID we demand a voice in shaping our community’s water future.

PLEASE ATTEND! We must fill the room to show support of SYRCL's request and demand that NID make a formal decision to STOP spending on Centennial while we work towards a true water management solution through the Raw Water Master Plan.

Show your support and get involved by joining SYRCL at a rally before the meeting at 5pm, and stay for the important vote that could shape the future of water in this community for the next 50 years.

What: Stop Centennial Dam Rally and Special NID Board Meeting

When:  Tuesday, October 9, 2018 5PM rally; 6PM (meeting begins)

Where: Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S Auburn St, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Register to participate in the event, volunteer in advance, and/or purchase a tee shirt to show your support (wear it to the meeting!) by clicking HERE.

Photo of "Spanky" on the Bear River by Daniel Brasuell