South Yuba River Citizens League is a new member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance and its executive director has been appointed as the first Yuba River waterkeeper, according to a press release.
“We are pleased to welcome SYRCL as the latest member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and the first waterkeeper established in the Sierra Nevada,” Pete Nichols, the Alliance’s national director, said.
SYRCL was approved as a new member in January by the Alliance, and Caleb Dardick was later appointed the Yuba River waterkeeper.
“The Waterkeeper Alliance is thrilled to have the Yuba River waterkeeper be the eyes, ears, and voice for this vital watershed,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the Waterkeeper Alliance president, said in the press release. “Caleb Dardick is the right leader to fight for clean water in the region.”
SYRCL established the Yuba River Waterkeeper as a new program dedicated to fostering regional and statewide coalitions to address water quality, watershed health and the restoration of wild salmon.
“Yuba River Waterkeeper’s aim is to combine SYRCL’s 33-year record of strong local, grassroots advocacy with the power of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international coalition of river advocates,” said Dardick, SYRCL executive director.