Flood Management

Management Efforts

For the people of Yuba County, reducing the risk of flooding was the single most important reason for the creation of Yuba Water Agency. Since formation in 1959, the agency has led the local effort with state and federal agencies, Congress and others to increase public safety by reducing the risk of catastrophic flooding. The construction of New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir in 1970 was an essential step in the long-term and continuing effort to address this risk. This state-of-the-art facility is managed to contain a minimum of 170,000 acre-feet of flood flows at any time.

Financial Support

Yuba Water Agency also provides extensive technical, policy and financial support to local agencies in their effort to improve public safety. Through these efforts, Yuba Water Agency has committed well over $50 million to help leverage more than $600 million in state and federal funding for levee repairs and other work to minimize flooding in the area.

Yuba Water Agency Investment

Yuba Water Agency invests millions through grants and loans to local levee maintaining agencies, as well as staff time and infrastructure improvements to our dams, all in an effort to reach our stated goal of having a 500-year level of protection in Yuba County. 

Major milestones:

  • Yuba Water Agency secured $90 million in Proposition 13 funds for Yuba-Feather flood protection in 2000.
  • Yuba County and Yuba Water Agency issued $78 million in the Western Regional Municipal Bond Deal of the Year to pay for the local share of the Feather River Setback Levee.
  • Efforts by Yuba Water Agency, the Marysville Levee Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the state’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) have secured funding to construct the Marysville Ring Levee improvements, slated for completion in 2022. When complete, Marysville will be one of the lowest at-risk cities in California’s Central Valley.
  • Yuba Water Agency partnered with DWR, the National Weather Service and USACE to produce the Forecast-Coordinated Operations program - a new modeling program to guide the most efficient use of the flood capacity at Oroville Dam and New Bullards Bar Dam and limit peak Yuba and Feather flood flows.

A photo with the Feather River Setback Levee in the foreground and the Yuba River in the background A photo looking downstream at New Bullards Bar Dam with the Yuba River in the background