What is the status of the YSPI, and when is it expected to begin?

The YSPI participants have approved a non-binding Term Sheet, which provides a framework for the negotiation of a settlement agreement. The settlement agreement and related action plan will specify issues such as the facilities necessary to transport fish, habitat restoration actions downstream of Englebright, biological and technical metrics, legal and regulatory matters, funding, and the roles and responsibilities of each party for implementing the YSPI. If a settlement agreement is completed, these and other variables will affect when any aspect of the habitat enhancement and reintroduction programs could begin, but a pilot program could begin within 5-7 years and a full-scale reintroduction could potentially begin within 10-15 years, under ideal circumstances.

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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?