Recognizing that the agency is the first line of defense against dam failures and safety incidents, Yuba Water invests heavily in a robust dam safety program. The goal of this program is to ensure the agency meets or exceeds the highest dam safety standards and regulatory requirements set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Department of Water Resources’ Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD).
Maintenance and Inspections
In addition to weekly internal inspections, Yuba Water dams undergo comprehensive external reviews by DSOD and FERC. In DSOD’s most recent comprehensive listing of California’s major dams, Yuba Water dams all received the “satisfactory” rating, which is the highest rating issued by the state. The ratings are based on annual physical inspections and comprehensive re-evaluation studies, as well as technical analyses submitted by the dam owners. Reports from the agency’s federally required 5-year inspection completed in 2020 by an independent consultant found the agency’s dams are adequately maintained and suitable for continued safe and reliable operation.