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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Dark Day parking lot project complete, facilities open to the public

Dark Day parking lot with New Bullards Bar Reservoir in the background.

Yuba Water Agency crews and contractors have completed improvements to the Dark Day recreation area at New Bullards Bar Reservoir. 

The Dark Day boat ramp and overflow parking areas now include 80 single-vehicle parking spaces and 139 spaces for v...

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Yuba Water Agency board selects 2021 chair and vice-chair, welcomes new directors

Yuba Water Agency Director Andy Vasquez.

During its first meeting of the year, Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors today elected the chairman and vice-chairman for calendar year 2021 and welcomed two new directors to its seven-member board. 

The board elected Director Andy Vasquez to ...

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Posted on: December 22, 2020

Yuba Water receives $2.8 million for Yuba River habitat restoration, discusses economic development

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Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors passed a resolution today to receive a grant worth more than $2.8 million from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for habitat restoration and flood risk reduction work on the lower Yuba River. T...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

North Yuba Forest Partnership receives $1.13 million for forest health

Two people wearing masks hold up a giant check from the US Forest Service.

The North Yuba Forest Partnership has entered into an agreement to receive $1.13 million to plan future forest health and wildfire resilience treatments within the North Yuba River watershed. This funding originated from the US Forest Service’s Fireshed P...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Yuba Water invests approx. $1M to reduce flood risk, improve water quality and help first responders

Construction on the Marysville Ring Levee.

Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors today approved approximately $1 million in grants for flood risk reduction, water quality improvements and emergency response equipment. 

$910,000 - Yuba County water quality projects

A $910,000 gran...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Yuba Water Agency sues California water board to protect its future, the Yuba River and Yuba County

Yuba Water Agency's Colgate Powerhouse

Yuba Water Agency filed lawsuits in both federal and state court today to challenge the water quality certification that California’s State Water Resources Control Board issued in July for Yuba Water’s new license for its hydroelectric...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Appeal-Democrat Guest View: Yuba Water’s investments are critical to the future of our communities

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By Marni Sanders, Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce CEO

Yuba Water Agency is an incredible asset to Yuba County and our region. The vision laid out more than 60 year ago by the founders of Yuba Water was intended to position Yuba County to be a thriving and ...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Yuba Water Agency funds drinking water infrastructure repairs for foothill residents

A concrete creek water diversion structure.

Yuba Water Agency took action today to improve water supply reliability for Camptonville residents.

A $56,000 grant, approved today by Yuba Water’s board of directors, provides necessary funding for the Camptonville Community Services District to...

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Posted on: October 22, 2020

Yuba-Feather Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations

Two women install a piece of mechanical equipment at an atmospheric monitoring station.

Despite its reputation for year-round sunshine and mild temperatures, California has one of the most varied climates in the United States.

For Yuba County and neighboring Sutter, these variations have manifested most notably in catastrophic flooding from t...

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Posted on: October 21, 2020

New campsites at New Bullards Bar nearing completion

Cottage Creek Campground construction with New Bullards Bar Reservoir in the background.

While summer has come to an end, work to further enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in the Yuba County foothills has quickly ramped up.

Ten brand new campsites with breathtaking views are nearing completion at Yuba Water Agency’s New Bullards Bar Dam...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Yuba Water supports ongoing forest restoration efforts to benefit foothill communities, watershed

A photo of a masticator cutting trees in the forest.

Californians are all too aware that the next wildfire could happen at any time. And in many parts of the state, the threat of catastrophic wildfire persists year-round. Unfortunately, Yuba County isn’t any different in that respect.

To help reduc...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Yuba Water invests more than $1.25 million in community projects

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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. 

South Yuba River Citizens ...

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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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