Partners and Projects

Yuba Water invests millions of dollars through grants and loans to local levee districts and related agencies, as well as staff time and infrastructure improvements to agency facilities, to advance its mission of reducing flood risk for the people of Yuba County. The agency also works closely with dozens of local, state, federal and research institutions to coordinate and align programmatic goals and major infrastructure projects that directly impact the people of Yuba County in real, tangible ways.

Major Work Completed and Underway

Recognizing the urgency for advancing flood risk reduction projects after the 1986 and 1997 floods, Yuba Water pursued multi-benefit infrastructure projects that included environmental and water supply benefits, which in turn helped secure funding from state bond programs and regional developers. This unique and proactive approach covered significant portions of early project costs and has been instrumental in securing millions of dollars in state and federal funds and credits for projects like the Feather River Setback Levee and the Marysville Ring Levee.

In one of its most significant flood risk reduction efforts since building New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir, Yuba Water is designing an atmospheric river control spillway (ARC spillway) at the dam. The new ARC spillway will significantly reduce flood risk to communities and agriculture along the Yuba and Feather rivers, improve levee resilience, enhance dam safety and bring new jobs and economic benefits to the region.

Read more about these milestone flood risk reduction projects below.

A aerial photo with a levee on the left and river on the right. Feather River Setback Levee

A photo of a large piece of machinery working on a levee.Marysville Ring Levee

A rendering of a second spillway at New Bullards Bar Dam.Planned ARC Spillway

Research and Regional Coordination

Yuba Water also continually seeks to implement other, non-structural measures to improve public safety, such as agency and technology development. Some of the major research and operations coordination efforts underway include:

Atmospheric River Research

  • Atmospheric River Research: In partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Yuba Water is advancing atmospheric river research and the development of new tools specific to the Yuba and Feather River watersheds. Through improved forecasting and integration with operations, this work will reduce adverse flood and water supply impacts expected with changing hydrology due to climate change. 

Reservoir Operations and Flood Management Plans

Flood Risk Reduction Partners

US Army Corps of Engineers logo.

Department of Water Resources logo.

National Weather Service logo.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration logo.

City of Marysville, California logo.

Central Valley Flood Protection Board logo
Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority logo.
Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency.

Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes logo.
RD 784 logo

RD 817

RD 10

RD 2103

Marysville Levee