Information below was updated on 12/2/2019.
*Notice: Anticipated flows are always preliminary and are provided for informational purposes only. Flows are subject to real-time changes in weather and runoff conditions, and operations related to hydroelectric generation, flood control, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license requirements. This data is not intended to be used for flood forecasting. Storm runoff can produce extremely cold and variable flow releases below Englebright Reservoir. Flows can range from the minimum flow requirement to thousands or tens of thousands cubic feet per second and change rapidly. Be prepared for sudden flow changes when recreating on the lower Yuba River or avoid the river altogether for your safety. Additional information can be viewed on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s California Nevada River Forecast Center website.
Releases from Englebright Reservoir are managed to comply with license flow requirements. Flows from Englebright are currently at 1,000 cfs. With the current storm prediction, releases from Englebright are expected to ramp up late Monday night (12/2) or early Tuesday morning (12/3) at a rate of 200 cfs per hour, to approximately 1,800 cfs. Based on the current 10-day forecast, there are two more storms that are forecast to produce snow and precipitation. With the current forecast, releases from Englebright will ramp up to 2,100 cfs by Dec 7th. The minimum required flow at the Smartsville gaging station for December is 700 cfs. The minimum required flow at Daguerre Point Dam for December is 500 cfs. Releases from Englebright are managed to achieve both objectives. Flows can change swiftly and suddenly, so be prepared when recreating on the lower Yuba River or avoid the river for your safety.
Flood control operations may require higher or lower releases. From January 1st to January 15th, the minimum flow will increase to 1,000 cfs, and will decrease to 700 cfs on January 16th. The minimum flow at the Marysville gage for January will be 500 cfs. Flows from Englebright are managed to ensure that they don't drop below the minimum required flow. Flows can change swiftly and suddenly, so be prepared when recreating on the lower Yuba River or avoid the river for your safety.