Wild salmon once returned to Central Valley rivers in the millions each year, up to 300,000 in the Yuba alone. Today Yuba salmon runs have dropped to less than 8,000, leading to their listing in 2002 as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act. Dams built on the Yuba, particularly Englebright Dam, are the primary cause of the demise of Yuba salmon because they block the fish from reaching miles of historic spawning habitat in the Sierra Nevada. Providing fish passage to their historic spawning grounds is urgently needed to halt this continuing slide toward extinction.
The Army Corps of Engineers own and operate Englebright Dam. Please submit a letter by November 13th and let them know how important restoring access to the upper reaches of the watershed is for not only salmon but the health of the entire watershed.