$400-500 million is a lot of money. Is it worth it to save these fish?

The YSPI is an ambitious effort to establish that salmon reintroductions in California’s Sierra Nevada can contribute to the recovery of these iconic species. The discoveries and lessons that emerge from this process could be invaluable to biologists throughout the range of Pacific salmon species. Ultimately, this process is part of an effort to undo some 5 the damage caused during the Gold Rush. Hydraulic mining was one of the most disruptive events to occur in the Yuba River watershed – and it was undertaken for years without a full accounting of the unintended impacts to other resources in the watershed. Restoring this river and its salmon runs will be a significant step towards salmon recovery and has social, cultural and even economic benefits to all of California, especially future generations.

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1. What is the Yuba Salmon Partnership Initiative?
2. Who is participating in the Yuba Salmon Partnership Initiative?
3. Why is it important to enhance habitat in the lower Yuba River and reintroduce salmon into the North Yuba River?
4. What actions will the YSPI take to enhance habitat in the lower Yuba River?
5. How could salmon and steelhead be physically reintroduced to the North Yuba River?
6. Are collection and transport facilities used for salmon reintroductions elsewhere?
7. Are there any other alternatives, like dam removal, being considered in the Yuba River watershed?
8. How long have people been working on getting fish past Englebright Dam? Why has it taken so long?
9. Because these salmon and steelhead species are listed as 'threatened' under state and federal law, won't the reintroduction create problems for local communities like Sierra County?
10. Will the reintroduction negatively affect fishing activities?
11. Does the YSPI have any relationship to the Bay-Delta?
12. What is the status of the YSPI, and when is it expected to begin?
13. How much are the YSPI actions expected to cost, and who will pay for them?
14. $400-500 million is a lot of money. Is it worth it to save these fish?
15. Will local communities benefit from the YSPI?
16. Why is the focus of reintroduction on the North Yuba River? If the YSPI is successful, would it preclude salmon and/or steelhead reintroductions to the Middle Yuba River or the South Yuba River?
17. Is the YSPI related to the proceedings under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for relicensing hydroelectric facilities in the Yuba River watershed?