Information below was updated on 1/14/2020.
*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.
Flows from Englebright Reservoir are currently at 1,200 cfs. There is a storm approaching that will deliver rain, snow and higher inflows through this weekend. For storm management, forecasts show Englebright releases reaching a maximum of 2200 cfs over the coming weekend and ramping back down following the storm. There is a long range projection of dry conditions following this current storm, which may require reduced releases from Englebright for water conservation. Releases from Englebright Reservoir are managed to comply with license flow requirements. Flows can change swiftly and suddenly, so be prepared when recreating on the lower Yuba River or avoid the river for your safety.
To January 15 (tomorrow), the minimum required flow at Smartsville is 1,000 cfs. The minimum flow requirement will decrease to 788 cfs on January 16. The minimum required flow at the Marysville gage for January is 500 cfs. Long range forecasts indicate a drying trend which may drive flow reductions from Englebright reservoir. Flood control operations may require higher releases. Flows can change swiftly and suddenly, so be prepared when recreating on the lower Yuba River or avoid the river for your safety.