The South Yuba River Citizens League's (SYRCL – pronounced circle) mission is to unite the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed. SYRCL was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With over 37 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,300 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. We are working to restore wild salmon to their native waters. We are replanting the banks of the Goldfields with trees. We are inspiring activism across the globe with our environmental film festival. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the Sierra to the sea.

Organization scope

Yuba River Watershed


Ashley Overhouse
(530) 265-5961

Resources from South Yuba River Citizens LeagueAll resources


News and updates from South Yuba River Citizens LeagueAll news


Update on Centennial Dam

Nevada Irrigation District (NID) is re-engaging in an effort to plan for their future water needs. The resulting plan will be known as the Plan for Water and the public process kicks off on November 9th at 4PM. The final version of the plan will reassess hydrology, water supply, and demand over the next 50 years. […]


Rising River Temps Imperil Threatened Salmon

We are well into another year of a drought here in Nevada County and its impacts are being felt throughout the watershed as reservoirs continue to recede and wildfires proliferate. As we have written about in previous articles here and here, the drought is also affecting the Yuba and the species that call it home, […]


NYFP’s Proposed Action & the NEPA Process

On or near September 10, 2021, the U.S. Forest Service will release the Notice of Intent for the North Yuba Landscape Resilience Project Environmental Impact Statement (the NOI). The NOI provides: 1) A description of the purpose and need of the project. The purpose and need of the project were developed by not only the […]


We stand with the AAPI community and condemn racism and violence.

In the last year, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has experienced 3800 reported incidents of violence, including verbal harassment, physical assault, civil rights violations, and online harassment according to @StopAAPIHate. This increase in violence has fostered fear for many in our communities as well as feelings of isolation. In this moment of uncertainty and […]


Profiling Inspiration: Women’s History Month

Women have repeatedly been at the forefront of the environmental movement as activists, authors, scientists, and artists. #WomensHistoryMonth reminds us to stop and celebrate these women by calling attention to their work. In this article, we honor three of the many women who have asked us to stop, change our perspective, and reconsider how we […]


Why Yuba Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon Matter Now

“If you don’t have nature, then you don’t have anything”  – Shelly Covert, Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribal Spokesperson & Executive Director of California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project Our beloved Yuba River, with its emerald green waters, Martianesque-boulder-lined banks, and deep history, is a treasure to all that swim in its waters and adventure along its […]


Yuba Salmon Now Update: Federal Judge Says it’s Time to End Debate on Yuba River Dams

SYRCL and Friends of the River sent a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on Thursday, January 27 to compel the agency to craft a watershed-wide solution to save the threatened species native to the Yuba Watershed, including Spring-run Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, and green sturgeon. The letter was co-signed by 12 coalition […]


North Yuba Forest Partnership receives $1.13 million for Forest Health & Wildfire Resilience Projects in the Yuba Watershed

NEVADA CITY, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2020) –The North Yuba Forest Partnership has entered into an agreement to receive $1.13 million to plan future forest health and wildfire resilience treatments within the North Yuba River watershed. This funding originated from the US Forest Service’s Fireshed Program. “We are absolutely thrilled,” said Melinda Booth, Executive Director for the […]


Field Science Expedition Shifted for Local High Schoolers

Most summers, SYRCL leads multi-day field science programs for both local and Los Angeles-based high school students to learn about meadow ecosystems and assess montane meadow health. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SYRCL made the tough decision to postpone our Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO) Expedition until June 2021 at the earliest. […]