Atmospheric River Lesson and Weather Balloon Launch
Yuba Water recently teamed up with its partners at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to share a lesson with students at Yuba Environmental Science Charter Academy on atmospheric river storms and the instruments researchers use to study them. The lesson also explored the role of atmospheric rivers in the Yuba River watershed and western U.S. Too many of these storms often cause flooding, while too few contribute to drought. After the lessons, students joined the Scripps team for a live weather balloon launch demonstration right on their school grounds. Watch the full lesson and weather balloon launch below.
Join Yuba Water Agency employees and partners as they take you on a virtual tour of the agency's facilities, discuss its history and mission areas and show you how Yuba Water's operations and revenues are helping power a brighter future for Yuba County.
How Hydropower Works
Hydropower uses water and the force of gravity to create electricity. Learn more about how it works from Yuba Water's hydroelectric compliance engineer as he explains the process using a model of one of the agency's Pelton wheels.
How Yuba Water Uses Hydro to Invest in the Community
Yuba Water's power is sold into the California Independent System Operator electricity market and the revenues are used to pay for expenses, and to invest in Yuba County through projects to reduce the risk of flooding, maintain water supply reliability and be a good environmental steward. Learn more about how Yuba Water's hydropower operations are helping power a brighter future for Yuba County.
Journey Through the Yuba River Watershed
Yuba Water Agency owns and operates the Yuba River Development Project. Our House and Log Cabin dams divert water into New Bullards Bar Reservoir, and water released from New Bullards Bar Dam travels to the New Colgate, Narrows I and Narrows II powerhouses, where it is used to generate clean, carbon-free electricity. Take an aerial journey through the Yuba River watershed to see where all of these facilities are located and how they're connected.
Salmon in the Classroom
The Fish in the Classroom education program has been educating young students about fish and the Yuba River watershed for more than 20 years. The program originally involved raising young fish in 10 to 15 gallon tanks in classrooms with the goal of eventually being able to release them into the wild.