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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Yuba Water invests more than $1.25 million in community projects

A photo of a conveyor belt with rock being moved with thee Yuba River in the background.

Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors today approved more than $1.25 million in grants and a low-interest loan for flood risk reduction, water infrastructure, water quality improvements, fish habitat and emergency water rescue equipment.

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Potential site for future water education center identified

A photo of three men looking out at the Yuba River from the banks.

Riverfront land just outside of Marysville may be the future home of Yuba Water Agency’s planned Watershed Experience Center.

Today, the board of directors voted to move forward with preliminary environmental work to determine the feasibility of ...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Crews replace key piece of hydro equipment in a matter of days despite unexpected obstacles

A photo of Yuba Water's Narrows 1 Powerhouse

Yuba Water Agency is one step closer to ramping up operations of its recently acquired Narrows 1 hydroelectric power generation facility after the agency’s maintenance and engineering crews replaced a leaky stand pipe, which is a crucial part of...

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Posted on: August 18, 2020

Yuba Water funds water supply and flood risk reduction projects, education and rescue equipment

A photo of a group of kids on a raft floating down the Yuba River during a Salmon Expedition

Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors today committed more than $2.2 million in grants for Yuba River-focused water education, water supply improvements, flood risk reduction and swift water rescue equipment. 

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Posted on: August 18, 2020

Stepping up to support California’s energy crisis

A photo of Yuba Water's Narrows 2 Powerhouse with Englebright Dam in the background.

By Willie Whittlesey, general manager of Yuba Water Agency

Between the heat and the rolling blackouts, I’m sure you’ve figured out that we are seeing record breaking demand on California’s electrical system this week. At Yuba ...

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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Yuba Water Responds to State Water Board Water Quality Certification

An aerial view of New Bullards Bar Dam with New Bullards Bar Reservoir in the background.

On August 14, 2020, Yuba Water Agency submitted a petition for reconsideration with the State Water Resources Control Board asking the board to vacate the certification it issued on July 17 related to the relicensing of the Yuba River Development Project.

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Yuba Water advances major flood risk reduction project at New Bullards Bar

A rendering of the proposed open-channel secondary spillway at New Bullards Bar Dam

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (July 24, 2020) – Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors Thursday authorized staff to move forward with a new design of an estimated $225 million secondary spillway at New Bullards Bar Dam, marking an important step ...

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

Yuba Water approves nearly $14 million for water supply, infrastructure improvements, and more

A photo of green, open farming land in southeastern Yuba County.

Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors today committed approximately $14 million in grants and loans for water infrastructure upgrades, levee maintenance and Yuba County’s annual California Public Employees’ Retirement System...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Yuba Water welcomes new General Manager Willie Whittlesey

Yuba Water Agency Assistant General Manager Willie Whittlesey

Today marks Willie Whittlesey’s first day as Yuba Water Agency’s new general manager. Whittlesey takes the reins from Curt Aikens, who will retire early next year.

“It’s an honor to lead such an incredible agency and...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Yuba Water funds levee improvements and conservation projects, says farewell to longtime GM

A photo of general manager Curt Aikens

Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors today committed $785,000 for levee improvements, water conservation and other Yuba County water projects in support of its core mission areas of flood risk reduction and sustainable water supply management....

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Appeal-Democrat Guest View: Once again, Yuba Water Agency invests in our future in a big way

A photo of Mary Jane Griego standing next to a tree.

For decades, we’ve talked about the need for implementing modern infrastructure to the Highway 65 corridor in order to make new development there possible. My vision for the area seemed impossible to achieve. The ability to de...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Yuba Water employees give back during unprecedented time of need

Yuba Water Agency employee Vangie Flores takes a selfie with others food bank volunteers in the food

Donating blood, offering monetary donations, organizing food drives and coordinating behind the scenes – these are just a few of the ways Yuba Water Agency employees have given back to their communities during the coronavirus crisis.

Over the las...

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Posted on: May 19, 2020

Yuba Water Agency approves $3.5 million for major water infrastructure in southeastern Yuba County

A photo of flooded rice fields with levees running across

Major infrastructure upgrades that will significantly improve economic development opportunities in Yuba County and help ensure groundwater quality are in the works with the help of Yuba Water Agency. 

Yuba Water today approved a $1.75 million gra...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Comstock's Magazine: Storm Chasers by Russell Nichols

Yuba Water Agency Water Projects Operations Manager John James holds up a weather balloon while walk

One rainy morning last December, John James stood outside holding a big white balloon, which looked like a perfect target for a lightning strike. Next to him, Carly Ellis, a field researcher with the UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, asked...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

$2.2 million in funds for fish habitat, infrastructure and water supply reliability improvements

A photo of a habitat restoration project on the lower Yuba River where large trucks are moving grave

The Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors approved today more than $2.2 million for local and regional improvement projects. The funding will contribute to repairs at Ellis Lake and roads around New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir, support local irrigation ...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Yuba Water Agency makes large-scale investment in water education for Yuba County schools

A Yuba Water Employee teaching young students about the watershed in a classroom

In its first major move toward building a water education center and developing unique lessons to enhance Yuba County schools, Yuba Water Agency today approved approximately $850,000 toward the community-driven effort. 

The board approved a two-pa...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

PG&E sells Narrows hydroelectric facility to Yuba Water Agency

Narrows 1 Hydroelectric facility on the lower Yuba River

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has sold its Narrows Hydroelectric Project to Yuba Water Agency.

Escrow closed and the sale finalized today on this facility in Nevada County, which includes the 12-megawatt Narrows No. 1 Powerhouse located on th...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Operations Update

New Bullards Bar Dam with a Yuba Water Agency logo placed on top and text that reads: COVID-19 OPERA

If you see us around Yuba County, it is because we fall under three categories of critical infrastructure, including the dams, energy and water sectors. We also support the agricultural community through water deliveries, also considered essential service...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Offices and Conference Rooms Closed to the Public

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For the safety of our employees and the public, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, our offices and conference rooms will be closed to the public until further notice. If you need assistance, please call our main phone line at (530)741-5000.

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Yuba Water Agency funds water supply improvements, water education

The Yuba River with the sun shining above it, including a Yuba Water Agency logo and text that reads

Significant water supply improvements are in the works for the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors with the help of Yuba Water Agency.

The agency today approved a grant, worth up to $3,100, for two new water pressure tanks that will help deliver water from th...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Yuba Water Agency provides grants to four local agencies

Water with Yuba Water Agency logo and News Update text

Four local agencies received a financial boost today with the help of Yuba Water Agency.

Yuba County inundation mapping - $65,000

A $65,000 grant provides funding for Yuba County to procure flood and levee inundation maps and associated products, providing ...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Yuba Water General Manager Curt Aikens announces retirement; Willie Whittlesey takes reins July 1

Yuba Water Agency Assistant General Manager Willie Whittlesey

After 23 years of dedicated service to Yuba Water Agency, General Manager Curt Aikens will retire in January of 2021.                         &...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Yuba Water Agency adopts Groundwater Sustainability Plan

Groundwater pump

Yuba County’s groundwater subbasins have been sustainably managed for decades, and with 80 percent of Yuba’s residents relying on groundwater as their sole source, it’s critical that it remain sustainable for the long-term. W...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Grants help local first-responder agencies purchase new emergency response equipment

Swift-water rescue equipment spread out across a table

Two local fire departments will be better equipped to respond to water-related emergencies along the Yuba River with the help of funding from Yuba Water Agency.

Marysville Fire Department - $100,000

This $100,000 grant will provide half of the funding neede...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Yuba Water Agency funds project to improve Wheatland drinking water system

A rusty, outdated water meter

A more efficient water system that will improve the city of Wheatland’s drinking water supply is in the works with the help of a grant from Yuba Water Agency. 

The $700,000 grant, approved today by the agency board, provides funds for th...

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

Yuba Water Agency elects Randy Fletcher as chairman, Brent Hastey as vice-chairman

Yuba Water Agency Director Randy Fletcher

Directors Randy Fletcher and Brent Hastey will serve as Yuba Water Agency’s chairman and vice-chairman for the next year. 

The board of directors today approved their appointment for 2020. 

“It is an honor to be able to serve the community...

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Yuba Water partners with Scripps, DWR on new atmospheric river research

A Yuba Water Agency employee holds up a large weather balloon in front of flooded rice fields

Atmospheric river storms provide approximately half of California’s annual precipitation, but also are the cause of more than 90 percent of the floods in Northern California, resulting in staggering financial costs.

Those costs are all too famili...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Yuba Water Agency helps fund water supply reliability, flood risk reduction projects, new equipment

Lower Yuba River with lupines on the bank

Three local agencies received a financial boost today with the help of Yuba Water Agency. 

Olivehurst Public Utility District steel water main project - $1.4 million

A $1.4 million grant provides funding to help OPUD replace the steel water main it...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Innovative partnership to reduce wildfire risk and secure healthier, more resilient forests

A stump of a large cut down tree

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (Nov 7, 2019) – A diverse group of nine organizations announced today their commitment to prioritize, plan, and execute forest restoration on an unprecedented scale in the North Yuba River watershed, covering 275,000 acres of ...

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Posted on: October 22, 2019

New flood risk reduction and dam safety enhancements underway at New Bullards Bar

Secondary Spillway at New Bullards Bar Dam photo rendering

Yuba Water Agency is embarking on the largest project its undertaken to reduce flood risk since the building of New Bullards Bar Dam in the 1960s. 

The agency expects to fully implement three major programs and projects in the next six years, whic...

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Posted on: October 22, 2019

Yuba Water celebrates 60 years of reducing flood risk in Yuba County

Water being released down New Bullards Bar Dam's spillway.

Reducing flood risk for the people of Yuba County was the single most important motivation for the creation of Yuba Water Agency.

This year, the agency celebrated its 60th anniversary, marking six decades of reducing flood risk, generating carbon-free ener...

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

Yuba Water Agency approves grant for project to provide reliable, safe drinking water

Faucet with water coming out

Residents in Challenge, Rackerby, Brownsville and Forbestown will have a more reliable, safe drinking water supply with the help of funding from Yuba Water Agency. 

The grant, worth up to $225,725, was approved today by the water agency and provid...

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

Grant helps local fire department purchase new swift-water rescue equipment

Swift-water rescue equipment spread out across a table

The City of Marysville Fire Department will be better equipped to respond to water-related emergencies with the help of funding from Yuba Water Agency. 

As part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, Yuba Water today approve...

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Grant helps Yuba County Sheriff's Department purchase safety equipment

New Bullards Bar Dam with Yuba Water Agency logo and text overlay that says the Bill Shaw Rescue Equ

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department marijuana eradication team will be better protected with the help of Yuba Water Agency’s Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program.

A $5,000 grant, approved today by Yuba Water Agency, wi...

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