Study focuses on restoring Yuba River, with $97M worth of proposals identified

The Union –

Hydraulic mining and development in the watershed contributed greatly to degradation in the lower Yuba River. A federal agency studied what could be done to restore that ecosystem and came up with nearly $97 million worth of proposals.

Following a request by the Yuba County Water Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated the Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study in 2015. The corps released its interim report and environmental assessment last week identifying current problems in the lower Yuba River, how they came about and alternatives for ecosystem restoration.

Curt Aikens, general manager of Yuba County Water Agency, said the agency helped fund the study and provided technical support with the goal of identifying specific steps to improve fish and wildlife habitat conditions in the river.

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