About Yuba Water's Community Impact Program

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7

Yuba Water Agency believes that a vibrant, thriving local economy depends on reliable water supplies, reduced flood risk, modern and available infrastructure, quality schools, accessible health care, and recreation opportunities for Yuba County communities. 

That’s why Yuba Water has committed to investing $10 million a year into programs and projects that align with the agency’s core mission areas, with a goal of improving the quality of life for the people of Yuba County. This investment may be through our own agency programs and projects, such as the planned water education center, or as grants to other government agencies, tribes or non-profit organizations.

Strategic Plan for Economic Growth

Working in partnership with local governments, regional entities, community leaders and others, Yuba Water funded the development of a strategic plan for economic growth in Yuba County. One of the primary goals of the strategic plan is to align local efforts and investments to maximize benefits for the people of Yuba County.

While local and regional partners will take the lead in implementing much of the strategic plan, Yuba Water will support initiatives that relate to its core mission areas of flood risk reduction, water supply, habitat restoration, recreation in the Yuba River Watershed and more. The plan focuses on four major strategy areas, each with specific actions that address current challenges and future opportunities for growth:

  • Infrastructure expansion: Investments already underway include levee improvements throughout Yuba County, expanding water and wastewater infrastructure to protect groundwater quality, improve water supply reliability and expand economic development opportunities, and supporting watershed health to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and ensure water supply quality and reliability.
  • Education and workforce development: Yuba Water is investing heavily in water education curriculum in our schools and is currently in the planning phase for the Watershed Experience Center, a hands-on educational facility along the Yuba River.
  • Tourism and visitor services: One such effort includes working with the City of Marysville to develop a masterplan for the rejuvenation of Ellis Lake as a means to activate this central area of Marysville and is helping the city understand more about the lake’s water quality. There are also discussions in the works to develop a river parkway with hiking and biking trails along the Yuba River.
  • Technology clusters: Yuba Water is collaborating with Yuba County, local businesses, the county’s schools and Beale Air Force Base to assess the region’s broadband infrastructure and the potential to attract additional research and business to the area.

The timeframe for implementing larger strategies like workforce, housing and infrastructure development will take longer due to the nature of such investments. However, efforts are already underway to implement smaller, near-term actions that will improve the quality of life for Yuba County residents and contribute to these broader goals.

Yuba Water's Community Impact Grant and Loan Program

Yuba Water commits up to $10 million a year into programs and projects that align with the agency’s core mission areas. In addition to aligning with the agency's missions, grant applications are encouraged to explore ways to leverage additional funding sources, such as state and federal grants. There are two grant application windows: March 1 to April 1 and September 1 to October 1.

General Grants

Non-profits, tribes and other government agencies can apply for grants to fund projects or programs that have a direct connection to our missions of flood risk reduction, water supply and management, watershed resilience, water education and water conservation. 

Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grants

Emergency responder organizations can apply for up to $10,000 per year to pay for specialized equipment or training. Since 2017, we've provided more than $2 million in funds to support Yuba County's emergency responders through our public safety grants, including the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant program. These grants are one of the many ways we are making an impact in our community. 

  1. An aerial photo of a levee with a river on its left in the midst of farmland.

    Yuba Water reinvests hydropower revenue back into Yuba County through grants

    Yuba Water approved nearly $25 million in grants and one cash-flow loan for two dozen projects as part of its Community Impact Grant and Loan Program. The agency also approved $10.4 million for Yuba County to help leverage additional external funding. Read on...
  2. A photo looking up at an aged wooden flume.

    Yuba Water provides funding to complete North Yuba Water District flume replacement

    Yuba Water’s board of directors approved an amendment to a grant agreement to help the North Yuba Water District replace its deteriorating Hell 4 Stout Flume. The agency previously approved funds for the project and anticipated a follow-up request. Read on...
  3. A group of people pose for a photo outside a building that says &#34Yuba County Government Center.&#

    Yuba Water honors Bill Shaw, namesake of local public safety grants and provides funds for drainage

    Six years ago, Yuba Water employee Bill Shaw was in a catastrophic accident at work. After he recovered, he wanted to find a way to give back to the first responders who saved his life. Today, the Bill Shaw Grant Program has committed nearly $400,000. Read on...
  4. A group of students float in a large, gray river raft on the lower Yuba River.

    More Yuba County fourth graders to learn about salmon and the Yuba River watershed

    Even more Yuba County fourth graders will have the opportunity to participate in the South Yuba River Citizens League’s Salmon Expeditions this fall. Yuba Water’s Board approved a $12,960 grant to expand SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions to 270 more students. Read on...
  5. A photo of a levee with green grass on the side.

    Yuba Water grants will boost water supply reliability, support flood risk reduction and more

    Yuba Water today committed approximately $3.6 million to reduce catastrophic flood risk, improve water supply reliability, education and public safety in Yuba County. The funds were awarded as part of the its Community Impact Grant and Loan Program. Read on...
  6. A flooded rice field with a white barn and mountains in the background.

    Yuba Water discusses water supply conditions, approves funding for local hydro improvements and more

    Water supply in Yuba County is in excellent condition. That was one of the key takeaways from today’s board meeting. A presentation by Yuba Water staff detailed the health of Yuba County’s surface and groundwater and efforts to manage those supplies. Read on...
  7. Bear River Setback Levee upgrades

    Board receives update on flood risk reduction efforts, approves funding for levee work and more

    Today, Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors received an in-depth update on the agency’s current and planned flood risk reduction projects and approved funding for additional flood risk reduction and water supply reliability efforts in Yuba County. Read on...
  8. A photo of a rural canal with water in it.

    Yuba Water approves grants for water supply improvements, watershed resilience and more

    The Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors today committed more than $1 million in grant funding to support water supply reliability, watershed resilience, flood risk reduction and first responder agencies in Yuba County. Read on...
View All News