Voluntary Agreements

On March 29, 2022, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Water Resources, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and water agencies from across the state, including Yuba Water Agency, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which outlines terms of an eight-year comprehensive program to meet the needs of different watersheds feeding into the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Bay-Delta). The MOU is available here.

The Agreements to Support Healthy Rivers and Landscapes represent a comprehensive, collaborative plan that is designed to contribute to the recovery of fish and wildlife species and provide an alternative to previously proposed one-size-fits-all requirements to release massive amounts of flows in an attempt to improve Bay-Delta fisheries.

The MOU provides a framework for drafting implementing agreements that will include flow and habitat contributions, funding, a robust science program and a governance structure. Additional information will be shared in the coming months as the agreements are further developed. Read more about Yuba Water's contributions to the Agreements to Support Healthy Rivers and Landscapes.
Water drop graphic with facts about Yuba Water Agency’s proposed voluntary settlement agreement.

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