The South Yuba River Citizens League and Friends of the River have decided to file suit, again to protect Yuba salmon – the law suit was filed yesterday. In a press release SYRCL Board President John Regan states, “Salmon and steelhead were listed as threatened nearly 20 years ago and last year it became evident they are in jeopardy of extinction. They can’t afford another decade of delay and inaction.”
In 2006, SYRCL and Friends of the River sued the federal government to demand better protection for the Yuba’s endangered fish.
Earlier this month, SYRCL filed a complaint against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for extending critical deadlines for the Army Corps to implement measures to protect the fish described in a 2012 formal decision called the Biological Opinion focusung on the Yuba River Fish Passage Improvement Plan.
SYRCL’s Executive Director Caleb Dardick says, “….our citizen suit is necessary to stop the foot dragging.”
SYRCL also recently launched a letter writing campaign to CA Senators Feinstein and Boxer and local Congressmen Garamendi and LaMalfa urging them to lead efforts to protect California’s vital fisheries. Alyse Klein was one of the SYRCL volunteers that collected over 2,000 postcards during the 2013 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. *
Click here to listen to Alyse Klein
In other legal action, SYRCL is also actively protesting the development of a 3-megawatt hydroelectric powerplant adjacent to the Deguerre Dam site. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted a preliminary permit to Archon Energy of Canada to begin data collection earlier this month.