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Master of Environmental Science and Management: Master's Group Project

Salmonics: Quantifying the Benefits of River Restoration for Chinook Salmon on the Lower Yuba River, California

Underwater photo of salmon

Group Members: Jo Anna Beck, Nathan Burroughs, Leah Gonzales, Alyssa Obester, Elijah Papen

Faculty Advisors: Derek Booth

Client: South Yuba River Citizens League


Final Report


The Lower Yuba River provides invaluable resources to a variety of stakeholders- agricultural, municipal, recreational, and environmental. In a partnership with the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), our group master's thesis is focused on developing an approach to quantify benefits of restoration on the Lower Yuba River. We hope that our efforts will be used to garner support for future restoration and to inform decision making in order to once again see a well functioning river that supports all native flora and fauna.

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