The Lower Yuba River Accord (Accord) River Management Team (RMT) has been engaged in a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) program since 2006. The RMT includes representatives that are parties to the Lower Yuba River Accord Fisheries Agreement (Fisheries Agreement), they include:
The Bay Institute
DWR and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs - American Rivers
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
South Yuba River Citizens League
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Pursuant to the Fisheries Agreement, the Accord M&E program was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation of the Lower Yuba River Accord, evaluate the condition of fish resources in the Lower Yuba River, and evaluating the viability of Lower Yuba River fall-run Chinook salmon and any subpopulations of the Central Valley steelhead and spring-run Chinook salmon Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs) that may exist in the Lower Yuba River.
The RMT's M&E program is scheduled and funded to run through at least 2015. However, the RMT elected to produce this RMT Interim M&E Report both as a ‘report card' on implementation of the Yuba Accord for regulators, stakeholders and the broader scientific community, and to help inform the relicensing process before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) currently underway for YCWA facilities in the Yuba River Watershed.