Information below was updated on 8/2/2021
*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 can 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.
The Lower Yuba River Accord schedule is at a 5, meaning the minimum required average flow at the Marysville gage is 400 cfs. Currently, flow at the Smartsville gage is running an average of 913 cfs. At any time irrigators may need to take more water from the river requiring increased releases from Englebright to maintain the 400 cfs required flow at Marysville. Flows can change swiftly and suddenly, so be prepared when recreating on the lower Yuba River or avoid the river for your safety.
Yuba Water Agency's minimum flow requirements are set by the Lower Yuba River Accord, which is tied to the California Department of Water Resources' Bulletin 120 (B-120). The Accord schedule is now a 5, with a required flow at the Marysville gage of 400 cfs. The Marysville minimum flow will remain at 400 cfs through September 31, when it will increase to 500 cfs through the end of the year. As of today, August 2nd, flows at the Smartsville gage are averaging 913 cfs. Releases from Englebright, due to irrigator draw from the river, could possibly increase up to 1,300 cfs later this month. Remember that flows can change swiftly and suddenly, so be prepared when recreating on the lower Yuba River or avoid the river for your safety.