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.
H2O Go With the Flow
Yuba Water Agency and Yuba Sutter Arts partnered on a science and art education program for 2nd graders this year, and this dance lesson is what we taught the kids after a day of learning about the wonders of the Yuba River Watershed.
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.