Flood Risk Reduction

  1. A photo of a blue mural with the words save our water.

    Water agencies unveil mural near State Capitol encouraging Californians to save water

    With support from water service providers statewide, a new mural in downtown Sacramento is encouraging Californians to save water as the drought continues. Called the California Water Wall, the mural is an enduring reminder that saving water is a of life. Read On...
  2. A black graphic with white writing that say &#34The Tricky Yuba&#34

    Yuba Water premieres “The Tricky Yuba” documentary, tells a story of courage and perseverance

    Yuba Water recently premiered its new documentary, “The Tricky Yuba,” at the Lee Burrows Center for the Arts in Marysville. The film highlights Yuba Water’s history, the reason for its formation, its accomplishments and what’s next for the agency. Read on...
  3. A photo of a glass award in the shape of a water drop.

    Yuba Water honored as Champion for the Environment by Sacramento Business Journal

    Yuba Water was honored as the Sacramento Business Journal’s 2022 Champion for Environmental Preservation and Sustainability for its measurable commitments and efforts to improve the health of the Yuba River watershed and support Yuba County communities. Read on...
  4. A photo of a forest.

    North Yuba Forest Partnership awarded $34.8 million for forest work in Yuba River watershed

    The North Yuba Forest Partnership is set to receive millions in federal funding to support forest restoration treatments in the North Yuba River watershed, which will reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and improve the health of the forest. Read on...
  5. A photo looking down a heavily forested canyon.

    North Yuba Forest Partnership gains national support for forest resilience work in Yuba watershed

    United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore announced the North Yuba River watershed as one of the 10 initial landscapes funded for the U.S. Forest Service’s 10-year Wildfire Crisis Strategy. Read on...
  6. A rendering of a second spillway at New Bullards Bar Dam.

    Atmospheric River Control Spillway at New Bullards Bar reaches 90 percent design

    This week, the Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors authorized staff to complete the 100 percent design for the planned Atmospheric River Control Spillway at New Bullards Bar Dam after receiving a presentation on the recent 90 percent design milestone. Read on...
  7. Two men stand next to one another as the man on the right displays an award.

    Yuba Water Board Director Brent Hastey honored for service to ACWA

    Yuba Water Agency Board Director Brent Hastey was honored today by the Association of California Water Agencies for his distinguished and dedicated service to ACWA, the country’s largest statewide coalition of public water agencies. Read on...
  8. A self-loading logging truck hoists a tree in the air.

    Yuba Water removes hazardous trees impacted by bark beetles around Lake Francis

    This week, Yuba Water Agency’s work to remove 284 dead and dying hazardous trees around Lake Francis is expected to wrap up, which will reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and help slow the spread of a bark beetle infestation. Read on...
  9. A photo of a road winding its way through a forest.

    Yuba Water approves $240,000 for Fire Safe Council to help reduce wildfire risk in foothills

    The Yuba Water Board of Directors approved a local cost-share grant worth up to $240,000 for the Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council to reduce catastrophic wildfire risk and improve public safety for communities in the Yuba County foothills. Read on...
  10. Two men stand next to each other wearing Yuba Water Agency apparel.

    Yuba Water board selects 2022 chair and vice-chair

    At its first meeting of the new year today, Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors elected the new chair and vice-chair to lead the seven-member board in 2022. Gary Bradford will serve as chairman and Randy Fletcher will serve as vice-chairman. Read on...
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    Marking 25 Years Since the New Year’s Flood Of 1997: What’s Changed and Where We Are Today

    January 2 is the 25th anniversary of Yuba County’s last major flood event after a levee break on the east bank of the Feather River. Today, our community is among the best-protected urban areas at risk of flooding in the state. Read on...
  12. A large dam with water behind it and a spillway with water coming down it on the right.

    Yuba Water approves agreement to transfer water to Bay Area agencies in 2022

    Yuba Water’s board of directors voted to authorize a water transfer agreement with Contra Costa Water District and East Bay Municipal Utility District, to sell at least 10,000 acre-feet of water, and potentially more, if the conditions allow, in 2022. Read on...
  13. Groundwater

    Yuba Groundwater Sustainability Plan formally approved by Department of Water Resources

    The California Department of Water Resources today formally approved the groundwater sustainability plan for the North and South Yuba groundwater subbasins in Yuba County developed to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Read on...
  14. A photo of a sign on an island in a pond that says &#34Ellis Lake&#34.

    Yuba Water commits more than $1.4 million to water education, water management and more

    Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors committed more than $1.4 million in grants and loans to support flood risk reduction, water supply, watershed resilience, water education, water conservation and public safety in Yuba County. Read on...
  15. A photo of a channel with water in it.

    Hallwood fish habitat project already showing signs of success

    As work to enhance the lower Yuba River ecosystem and reduce flood risk continues, initial reports show that fish are already using the habitat restored as part of the 157-acre Hallwood Side Channel and Floodplain Restoration Project. Read On...
  16. A photo of large trees in a dense forest.

    New Forest Resilience Bond will finance $25 million of restoration to reduce wildfire risk

    The innovative financial mechanism builds on the initial 15,000 acre pilot project to protect an additional 48,000 acres with funding contributions from utilities, corporations, and state agencies. Read on...
  17. A photo of a raft on the Yuba River filled with students.

    SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions serve more students

    The South Yuba River Citizens League recently resumed Salmon Expeditions for grade school students from Nevada and Yuba counties after a year away from the river. Read on...
  18. Outstanding Stewards of America&#39s Waters Award logo with forest in the background

    Yuba Water Receives Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award

    The National Hydropower Association today announced Yuba Water Agency’s Watershed Resilience Program received the 2021 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award in the category of Recreational, Environmental & Historical Enhancement. Read on...
  19. Corrine Garcia kindergarten class at Lone Tree Elementary

    Yuba Water recognized for its leadership in Yuba River watershed education

    Yuba Water has received a distinguished contribution award from the California Association of Science Educators (CASE) for its Yuba River watershed curriculum project, which is the cornerstone of the agency’s broader watershed education program. Read on...
  20. A photo looking down a gravel path on top of a levee.

    Yuba Water grants support levee improvements throughout Yuba County

    Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors approved more than $1.1 million for critical urban and rural levee improvements in Yuba County. Read on...
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    U.S. Forest Service Releases Notice of Intent for the North Yuba Landscape Resiliency Project

    The U.S. Forest Service has released its Notice of Intent for the North Yuba Landscape Resiliency Project, which proposes to treat more than 275,000 acres of forest. The project was developed in collaboration with the North Yuba Forest Partnership. Read on...
  22. A photo of a street with two houses on the left.

    Yuba Water provides $15,000 grant to Camptonville to help with water supply reliability

    The Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors today approved a $15,000 grant for the Camptonville Community Services District to help them seek additional financial and technical support to ensure the community is better able to handle drought. Read on...
  23. Two men talk to each other in a machine shop.

    Yuba Water and Yuba College partnership brings real-world experience to local students

    When Hydro Mechanical Engineer Aaron Esselman took classes at Yuba College in 2011, he was simply filling the requirements to transfer. Ten years later, he’s back at Yuba College, working with students and staff at the college’s machine shop. Read on...
  24. Corrine Garcia kindergarten class at Lone Tree Elementary

    Yuba Water continues to invest big in Yuba County education

    Yuba Water recently formalized a water education program. The action lays out a roadmap for how the agency will reach its education goals and implement recently-developed Yuba River watershed-focused curriculum in K-12 classrooms throughout Yuba County. Read on...
  25. Houseboats on a reservoir with low water levels.

    Local water providers urge water conservation in Yuba and Sutter Counties

    Yuba Water Agency and local water providers are urging residents to conserve water as drought conditions deepen throughout the region. Read on...
  26. 2 picnic tables at a campground with the forest in the background.

    Cottage Creek Campground at New Bullards Bar now open, accepting reservations

    The new Cottage Creek Campground at New Bullards Bar Reservoir is now open to the public and accepting reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. Read on...
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    Yuba Water, Yuba County offering loaner life jackets at New Bullards Bar and Lake Francis

    To further promote recreation and water safety, Yuba Water Agency has partnered with Yuba County to establish the Life Jacket Loaner Program. Four loaner stations have been installed at New Bullards Bar Reservoir and Lake Francis. Read on...
  28. Yuba Water grants and loans approved June 1

    Yuba Water pledges $6.5 million to community projects in Yuba County

    Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors today approved $6.5 million for a range of projects to improve public safety and enhance the quality of life for Yuba County residents. Read on...
  29. A large levee with a gravel path on the top.

    Yuba Water Agency provides $2 million loan for Goldfields flood risk reduction work

    Yuba Water’s board of directors approved a $2 million loan to the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority to complete the construction of a levee near the Yuba Goldfields that will bring a 200-year level of urban flood protection to southern Yuba County. Read on...
  30. Four people with masks on look at a tank filled with water.

    Yuba Water employees visit Yuba County preparatory school, discuss careers in water industry

    Last month, Yuba Water Agency employees visited Yuba County Career Preparatory Charter School’s Aquaponics Department to discuss with students potential career paths in the water industry and how those relate to their current coursework. Read on...
  31. Mike Kline web

    Yuba Water’s executive advisor and former power systems manager Mike Kline to retire

    Yuba Water Agency Executive Advisor Mike Kline is retiring this month after 10 years with the agency and more than 40 years working in hydroelectric operations and engineering. Read on...
  32. Two people install a metal structure on a grass field.

    Yuba Water and Scripps Institution of Oceanography partner to bring weather station to local school

    Browns Valley Elementary students now have the opportunity to contribute to science and weather forecasts in their watershed thanks to a new monitoring station installed at the school by Scripps Institution of Oceanography with support from Yuba Water. Read on...
  33. A photo of the lower Yuba River with lots of open space around.

    High flows, cold water expected below Englebright Lake to Marysville through May 16

    Flows on the lower Yuba River from Englebright Lake to Marysville will increase significantly this week as instream flow and irrigation demands pick up. The public should use caution when recreating on the lower Yuba for their safety in the weeks ahead. Read on...
  34. Two men take a snow sample with a metal pipe during a snow survey.

    Recent snow surveys confirm another dry water year ahead for Yuba River watershed

    Despite a series of storms earlier this year and a snowpack visible from the valley floor, California is on track for another dry water year. That’s according to recent snow surveys by local and state agencies and various forecast models. Read on...
  35. Daguerre Point Dam on the lower Yuba River.

    Stretch of lower Yuba River closing to watercraft for habitat enhancement work

    More than one mile of the north channel of the lower Yuba River will be closed to all watercraft starting April 1 through early December for habitat enhancement work as part of Yuba Water Agency’s Hallwood Side Channel and Floodplain Restoration Project. Read on...
  36. An aerial photo of the lower Yuba River.

    Yuba Water invests nearly $2 million in flood risk reduction and water infrastructure projects

    Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors have approved several grants and matching loans to advance critical flood risk reduction work and water infrastructure improvements in Yuba County. Read on...
  37. A flooded rice field with the Yuba County foothills in the background.

    Cordua Irrigation District joins historic Lower Yuba River Accord

    Yuba Water has approved an agreement that adds the Cordua Irrigation District to the Yuba Accord, a model water management agreement that supports endangered fish, ensures water supplies for cities and farms and reduces conflict over water use. Read on...
  38. A pile of cut down trees lays on the ground in front a a group of large standing trees.

    Yuba Water commits $6.5 million to improving forest health and reducing wildfire risk

    Yuba Water’s board has taken action to reduce catastrophic wildfire risk and advance landscape-scale forest restoration in the Yuba watershed. The board approved $6.5 million for forest restoration projects as part of the North Yuba Forest Partnership. Read on...
  39. A woman installs a water monitoring device next to a canal filled with water.

    International Day of Women and Girls in Science highlights shared experiences, value of internships

    Celebrated each year on February 11, International Day of Women and Girls in Science was created by the United Nations to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology and to promote equal access and participation in STEM. Read on...
  40. A male and female hold up a weather balloon as they stand in front of flooded rice fields.

    Atmospheric rivers bring rain, snow and research opportunities

    Over the course of the past week, Scripps Institution of Oceanography field teams successfully launched a series of weather balloons throughout Northern California to monitor the season’s first series of significant atmospheric river events. Read on...
  41. Dark Day parking lot with New Bullards Bar Reservoir in the background.

    Dark Day parking lot project complete, facilities open to the public

    Yuba Water Agency crews and contractors have completed improvements to the Dark Day recreation area at New Bullards Bar Reservoir. Read on...
  42. Yuba Water Agency Director Andy Vasquez.

    Yuba Water Agency board selects 2021 chair and vice-chair, welcomes new directors

    During its first meeting of the year, Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors elected the chairman and vice-chairman for calendar year 2021 and welcomed two new directors to its seven-member board. Read on...
  43. A photo of a conveyor belt with rock being moved with thee Yuba River in the background.

    Yuba Water receives $2.8 million for Yuba River habitat restoration, discusses economic development

    Yuba Water Agency has passed a resolution to receive a grant worth more than $2.8 million from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for habitat restoration and flood risk reduction work on the lower Yuba River. Read on...
  44. Two people wearing masks hold up a giant check from the US Forest Service.

    North Yuba Forest Partnership receives $1.13 million for forest health

    The North Yuba Forest Partnership has received $1.13 million to plan future forest health and wildfire resilience treatments within the North Yuba River watershed. This funding originated from the US Forest Service’s Fireshed Program. Read on...
  45. Construction on the Marysville Ring Levee.

    Yuba Water invests approx. $1M to reduce flood risk, improve water quality and help first responders

    Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors approved approximately $1 million in grants for flood risk reduction, water quality improvements and emergency response equipment. Read on...
  46. Yuba Water Agency&#39s Colgate Powerhouse

    Yuba Water Agency sues California water board to protect its future, the Yuba River and Yuba County

    Yuba Water Agency has filed lawsuits in both federal and state court to challenge the water quality certification that California’s State Water Resources Control Board issued in July for Yuba Water’s new license for the Yuba River Development Project. Read on...
  47. Marni Sanders&#39 professional headshot

    Appeal-Democrat Guest View: Yuba Water’s investments are critical to the future of our communities

    Yuba Water Agency is an incredible asset to Yuba County and our region. The vision laid out more than 60 year ago by the founders of Yuba Water was intended to position Yuba County to be a thriving and prosperous community. Read on...
  48. A concrete creek water diversion structure.

    Yuba Water Agency funds drinking water infrastructure repairs for foothill residents

    A $56,000 grant provides necessary funding for the Camptonville Community Services District to perform repairs to its Campbell Gulch diversion structure, which captures and diverts water for the entire community of Camptonville. Read on...
  49. Two women install a piece of mechanical equipment at an atmospheric monitoring station.

    Yuba-Feather Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations

    Yuba Water Agency is working to reduce the risk of flooding from atmospheric rivers – powerful storms responsible for more than 90 percent of floods in the region – through bold investments and innovative partnerships. Read on...
  50. Cottage Creek Campground construction with New Bullards Bar Reservoir in the background.

    New campsites at New Bullards Bar nearing completion

    While summer has come to an end, work to further enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in the Yuba County foothills has quickly ramped up. Ten brand new campsites are nearing completion at Yuba Water Agency’s New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir. Read on...
  51. A photo of a masticator cutting trees in the forest.

    Yuba Water supports ongoing forest restoration efforts to benefit foothill communities, watershed

    A recent $4.5 million grant from Cal Fire further benefits Yuba Water’s ongoing efforts to support healthier, more resilient forests in an area that has experienced numerous wildfires over the course of the past 22 years. Read on...
  52. A photo of a conveyor belt with rock being moved with thee Yuba River in the background.

    Yuba Water invests more than $1.25 million in community projects

    Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors has approved more than $1.25 million in grants and a low-interest loan for flood risk reduction, water infrastructure, water quality improvements, fish habitat and emergency water rescue equipment. Read on...
  53. A photo of three men looking out at the Yuba River from the banks.

    Potential site for future water education center identified

    Riverfront land just outside of Marysville may be the future home of Yuba Water Agency’s planned Watershed Experience Center. Read on...
  54. A photo of Yuba Water&#39s Narrows 1 Powerhouse

    Crews replace key piece of hydro equipment in a matter of days despite unexpected obstacles

    Yuba Water is one step closer to ramping up operations of its Narrows 1 hydropower facility after the agency’s crews replaced a leaky stand pipe, which is a crucial part of the system that moves water from Englebright Reservoir to the facility. Read on...
  55. A photo of a group of kids on a raft floating down the Yuba River during a Salmon Expedition

    Yuba Water funds water supply and flood risk reduction projects, education and rescue equipment

    Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors committed more than $2.2 million in grants for Yuba River-focused water education, water supply improvements, flood risk reduction and swift water rescue equipment. Read on...
  56. A photo of Yuba Water&#39s Narrows 2 Powerhouse with Englebright Dam in the background.

    Stepping up to support California’s energy crisis

    Between the heat and rolling blackouts, I’m sure you’ve figured out that we're seeing record breaking demand on California’s electrical system. At Yuba Water, we are stepping up power generation efforts to support the state through this energy crisis. Read on...
  57. An aerial view of New Bullards Bar Dam with New Bullards Bar Reservoir in the background.

    Yuba Water Responds to State Water Board Water Quality Certification

    On August 14, 2020, Yuba Water Agency submitted a petition for reconsideration with the State Water Resources Control Board asking the board to vacate the certification it issued on July 17 related to the relicensing of the Yuba River Development Project. Read on...
  58. A rendering of the proposed open-channel secondary spillway at New Bullards Bar Dam

    Yuba Water advances major flood risk reduction project at New Bullards Bar

    Yuba Water's Board of Directors authorized staff to proceed with a new design of a secondary spillway at New Bullards Bar Dam, marking an important step forward for the agency’s largest project to reduce flood risk since the dam was built. Read on...
  59. A photo of green, open farming land in southeastern Yuba County.

    Yuba Water approves nearly $14 million for water supply, infrastructure improvements, and more

    Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors have committed approximately $14 million in grants and loans for water infrastructure upgrades, levee maintenance and Yuba County’s annual California Public Employees’ Retirement System payment. Read on...
  60. Yuba Water Agency Assistant General Manager Willie Whittlesey

    Yuba Water welcomes new General Manager Willie Whittlesey

    Today marks Willie Whittlesey’s first day as Yuba Water Agency’s new general manager. Whittlesey takes the reins from Curt Aikens, who will retire early next year. Read on...
  61. A photo of general manager Curt Aikens

    Yuba Water funds levee improvements and conservation projects, says farewell to longtime GM

    Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors today committed $785,000 for levee improvements, water conservation and other Yuba County water projects in support of its core mission areas of flood risk reduction and sustainable water supply management. Read on...
  62. A photo of Mary Jane Griego standing next to a tree.

    Appeal-Democrat Guest View: Once again, Yuba Water Agency invests in our future in a big way

    For decades, we’ve talked about the need for implementing modern infrastructure to the Highway 65 corridor in order to make new development there possible, writes Mary Jane Griego in a guest column for the Appeal-Democrat. Read on...
  63. Yuba Water Agency employee Vangie Flores takes a selfie with others food bank volunteers in the food

    Yuba Water employees give back during unprecedented time of need

    Donating blood, offering monetary donations, organizing food drives and coordinating behind the scenes – these are just a few of the ways Yuba Water Agency employees have given back to their communities during the coronavirus crisis. Read on...
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