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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Yuba Water Agency provides water education programming, materials for local schools

A teacher standing in front of her students and a fish tank

Water-related educational programming is finding its way to classrooms throughout Yuba County, as Yuba Water Agency ramps up plans to build a first-class, river-front water education center.

At today’s meeting of the agency’s board of d...

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Grants help local fire districts purchase upgraded swift water rescue equipment

Swift-water rescue equipment spread out across a table

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

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

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Yuba Water Agency funds program to reduce fire risk, improve watershed health in foothills

A tractor clears forest brush into piles

In an effort to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the Yuba County foothills and preserve the critical water supply of the Yuba River, Yuba Water Agency today approved a $45,000 grant to launch a Firewise USA Site Activation Program.  

Th...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Yuba Water Agency general manager wins ASCE 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Yuba Water Agency General Manager Curt Aikens speaks during an ASCE awards banquet

Honoring his outstanding efforts and professional achievements in civil engineering, Yuba Water Agency General Manager Curt Aikens this week received the American Society of Civil Engineers Sacramento Section 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.  

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Posted on: August 6, 2019

Agency to fund approx. $2.7 million for water supply reliability, flood risk reduction projects

Prior construction on BVID Sicard Ditch Pipeline

Three critical projects to reduce flood risk and ensure a sustainable water supply for the people of Yuba County received much-needed financial support this week from Yuba Water Agency. 

Browns Valley Irrigation District’s Sicard Ditch P...

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Posted on: August 6, 2019

Yuba Water Agency funds trauma intervention training in support of local first-responder agencies

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

The Yuba-Sutter Trauma Intervention Program will be better able to support victims of crime and survivors of tragedy with the help of a grant from Yuba Water Agency. 

The $10,000 grant, approved today by the agency as part of the Bill Shaw Rescue ...

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

Yuba Water Agency provides funding for communication, rescue equipment

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

Three Yuba County first-responder agencies will purchase new equipment with the help of Yuba Water Agency’s Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program.

Each of these agencies provide emergency and rescue services for areas near Yuba Wa...

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Major milestone reached for fish habitat improvements on the Yuba River

The lower Yuba River near Parks Bar Bridge

Yuba Water Agency is welcoming a major milestone in a planned federal restoration program on the Yuba River, which could result in a significant  federal investment to enhance fisheries habitat.   

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer...

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Posted on: June 18, 2019

Yuba Water Agency, community partners spark excitement with plans for local water experience center

Lower Yuba River with lupines on the bank

A state-of-the-art education facility and programming focused on the Yuba River as the foundation for the experience is closer to becoming a reality after Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors today unanimously approved moving forward with the ...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Op/Ed by Curt Aikens: Helping build a brighter future for Yuba County

60th Anniversary text overlaying the Yuba River

In the 1950s, our county leaders had the incredible vision and fortitude to conceive and construct a series of dams and hydroelectric plants for the betterment of Yuba County. This was an incredibly bold mission for such a small, poor county to take on to...

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Posted on: April 30, 2019

Water Agency deal means 60-plus miles of Yuba County road repairs

Olivehurst Avenue

The Yuba Water Agency gave a final nod Monday for a $9 million loan to Yuba County that will allow what would have been multiple years’ worth of road repairs to happen within the next few months. The arrangement actually makes it possible for the county t...

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Posted on: April 29, 2019

Yuba Water Agency helps fund new levee to further reduce flood risk, improve habitat

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A project to reduce the risk of flooding and improve habitat along the Bear River is moving forward with the help of funding from Yuba Water Agency.

The agency approved $2.1 million this week to help Reclamation District 817 design, construct and permit th...

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Posted on: April 29, 2019

Grant helps foothill fire district pay for additional rescue training and equipment

Foothill Fire Protection District group photo

Foothill Fire Protection District will be better equipped to handle emergency rescue situations in the Yuba County foothills with the help of a grant from Yuba Water Agency. 

The $8,500 grant, approved today by the agency as part of the Bill Shaw ...

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Posted on: April 29, 2019

Yuba Water Agency, DWR launch research to enhance reservoir operations

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

Yuba Water Agency today launched an initiative with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography to improve storm and runoff forecasting, and significantly reduce...

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

Yuba Water Agency’s unique sediment removal project earns reputable award

A creek with showing the removal of sediment

A project to maintain dam safety and increase reservoir capacity by removing and hauling away sediment from upstream of one of Yuba Water Agency’s diversion dams is the winner of the 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers, Sacramento Section O...

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Posted on: April 16, 2019

Yuba Water Agency funds Marysville Ring Levee design work

Construction equipment in front of the Marysville Ring Levee

The next phase of construction on the Marysville Ring Levee will remain on schedule with the help of a $20,520 grant from Yuba Water Agency to the Marysville Levee Commission.

The funding will be used by the commission to hire MHM, a local engineering and ...

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Posted on: April 2, 2019

Yuba Water Agency provides grants, loan to local first responders for new equipment

Camptonville Fire Department's new rescue truck

Several Yuba County first-responder agencies will be able to purchase new emergency response equipment with the help of funding from Yuba Water Agency. 

These agencies provide emergency and rescue services for areas associated with Yuba Water Agen...

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Posted on: March 25, 2019

SYRCL receives funding for Forest Health Partnership in the Yuba River Watershed

The north Yuba River drainage

On March 21, 2019, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest (TNF), the Camptonville Community Partnership (CCP), and Yuba Water Agency received competitive funding from the California Department of Conser...

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Posted on: March 22, 2019

Op/Ed by Curt Aikens: Water in Yuba County - leaving no one behind

Faucet with water coming out

Most of us take it for granted when we turn on the tap, that our water will reliably be there, and that it will be safe to drink. Scattered throughout California, however, are small communities who can’t rely on their water systems for safe drin...

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Posted on: March 19, 2019

Yuba Water Agency grants continue to reduce flood risk in Marysville, Hallwood

Large machinery working on the Marysville Ring Levee

Efforts to reduce flood risk in Yuba County got a financial boost today with the help of a pair of grants approved by Yuba Water Agency. 

Marysville Ring Levee certification grant

This grant, worth up to $200,000, provides funding for MBK Engineers...

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Yuba Water Agency submits proposal to state water board

Juvenile fish in protected habitat on the lower Yuba River

Yuba Water Agency is presenting a collaborative framework to the State Water Resources Control Board today, a detailed plan to improve fish and wildlife habitat conditions in the San Francisco/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary watershed (Bay-Delta), in...

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

Yuba Water Agency celebrates grants totaling $60,000 to local first responders

Foothill Fire Protection District group photo

A dozen local first responder agencies received funding to purchase specialized equipment and training to assist with rescue and safety services with the help of Yuba Water Agency’s unique new program launched in 2018.  

The Bill Shaw Re...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Yuba Water Agency to purchase former AAA building in Marysville

Former AAA building in Marysville

Yuba Water Agency will be better able to accommodate its growing business needs with the purchase of additional office space, just blocks from the agency’s current headquarters in Marysville. 

This week, the agency approved moving forward with the...

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Posted on: February 5, 2019

Yuba Water Agency continues emphasis on healthy forests with $235k grant for watershed coordinator

The north Yuba River drainage

More forest management efforts could be in the works for the Yuba River Watershed with the help of a grant approved today by Yuba Water Agency.

The $235,000 grant will provide matching funds to double the impact of a collaboration between the South Yuba Ri...

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Posted on: January 29, 2019

Yuba Water Agency to transfer property tax revenue to Yuba County

Yuba Water Agency's Colgate Powerhouse

Yuba Water Agency today approved the transfer of its property tax revenue, which totals approximately $500,000 per year, to Yuba County, where the funds can be used in ways that can more broadly impact the lives of Yuba County’s residents who ne...

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Posted on: January 29, 2019

Grant helps Yuba County Sheriff's Department purchase drone for safety, investigations

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 hopes to more efficiently identify criminal activity along local waterways with the help of a grant from Yuba Water Agency. 

The $5,000 grant, approved today by the agency as a part of the Bill Shaw R...

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Posted on: January 15, 2019

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

Yuba Water Agency board officers

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

The board of directors today unanimously approved their reappointment for 2019.

“It is an incredible honor to...

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Posted on: January 4, 2019

Yuba Water Agency reaches significant milestone in relicensing its facilities

Yuba Water Agency facility diagram map

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement for relicensing the Yuba River Development Project, which is owned and operated by Yuba Water Agency. FERC has regulatory authority over most hydroelectric ...

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Posted on: December 18, 2018

Camptonville biomass project gaining steam with help from water agency grant

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A new biomass facility near Camptonville is one step closer to becoming a driving force in ensuring a healthy forest with the help of a $186,500 grant from Yuba Water Agency. 

This funding will help the Camptonville Community Partnership wrap up t...

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Posted on: December 18, 2018

Grant helps Marysville Police Department purchase drones to aid in rescue operations

Marysville police officers stand in front of their vehicles

The Marysville Police Department will be able to more efficiently organize and monitor emergency and rescue operations with the help of a grant from Yuba Water Agency. 

The $5,000 grant, approved today by the agency as a part of the Bill Shaw Resc...

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Posted on: December 18, 2018

Yuba Water Agency to pay half of county supervisors' salaries, freeing up county general fund

A close-up of New Bullards Bar Dam with Yuba Water Agency's logo on top

Yuba Water Agency today voted to begin covering 50 percent of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors’ annual salaries, freeing up the county’s general fund for other priorities. This is not increasing the salaries in any way, just reallocating where the fun...

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

Yuba Water Agency, Brown administration strike deal to benefit fish, farmers and Bay-Delta

Fish habitat restoration on the lower Yuba River

Yuba Water Agency announced its support for the Brown administration’s comprehensive restoration strategy to improve fish and wildlife habitat conditions in the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary watershed. The administration...

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Posted on: November 20, 2018

Yuba Water Agency discussing transfer of property tax revenue to Yuba County

Yuba Water Agency's Colgate Powerhouse

Yuba Water Agency will move forward with plans to further consider a transfer of property tax revenue to Yuba County, which is approximately $500,000 per year.

For decades, Yuba Water Agency has received a small portion of the county’s property t...

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Posted on: November 20, 2018

Grant helps local police department purchase new safety equipment for officers

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

Wheatland police officers will be better protected while on duty with the help of a grant from Yuba Water Agency. 

The $5,000 grant, approved today by the water agency as a part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, will he...

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Posted on: November 15, 2018

More than $700,000 in safety upgrades to New Bullards Bar Dam complete

A Yuba Water Agency employee watches as a new spillway gate motor is hoisted by a crane.

Yuba Water Agency has completed a $701,440 project to overhaul and upgrade the spillway gate drive mechanisms at New Bullards Bar Dam, ensuring reliable operation well into the future. 

All three of the spillway gates operate within specification ...

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Posted on: November 2, 2018

Yuba Water Agency conservation program saving water and money for Yuba residents

A sink faucet with water flowing out

Yuba Water Agency today announced the first results of its pilot project to help Yuba County residents conserve water and save money.

The agency partnered with PG&E and Richard Heath and Associates to bring water conservation measures to homes already ...

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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Forest Resilience Bond to help fund $4.6 million project to reduce wildfire risk, improve watershed

Looking up at the trunks and canopies of massive trees in the forest

This summer, California experienced its largest fire in state history—the latest disaster in a growing trend towards hotter, larger, and more destructive fires. Without urgent action, wildfires will be even deadlier and costlier in years to come...

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Posted on: October 16, 2018

Yuba Water Agency supports program to educate youth about fish, the watershed

A teacher at Lone Tree Elementary School teaches her students about fish in front of an aquarium

For nearly 25 years, Greg and Kathleen Payne have been teaching Yuba County elementary school students about the life cycle of fish and the importance of a healthy watershed. That program received a boost today, with a grant from Yuba Water Agency to fund...

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Posted on: October 16, 2018

Yuba Water Agency updates strategic plan, vision to emphasize quality of life improvements

New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir with houseboats moored on buoys

Focused on ensuring that its projects, programs and community investments have a direct impact on improving the quality of life for Yuba County residents, Yuba Water Agency today updated its strategic plan.

Yuba Water Agency was created in 1959 to reduce t...

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Yuba Water Agency unveils new, user-friendly website

A woman sitting at a computer looking a Yuba Water Agency's website homepage

Yuba Water Agency today revealed its redesigned, more interactive website, further helping the nearly 60-year-old public agency develop a stronger relationship with the people of Yuba County.

The updated website follows the recent rebranding as Yuba Water ...

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Posted on: October 9, 2018

Grant helps local fire districts purchase new swift water response equipment and training

Members of the regional Swift Water Rescue Response Team wearing their safety equipment stand in the

Three local fire districts will be able to better respond to water-related emergencies in Yuba County with the help of a grant from Yuba Water Agency.

The $15,000 joint grant, approved today as part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Prog...

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Posted on: September 25, 2018

Exploratory drilling at New Bullards Bar Dam set to begin

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

Beginning Monday, Sept. 24, people traveling across New Bullards Bar Dam and recreating on the reservoir will see heavy machinery mobilizing in the parking lot on the east side of the dam, in preparation for exploratory work related to Yuba Water Agency’s...

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Posted on: September 10, 2018

Yuba Water Agency dams deemed safe in recent state assessment

New Bullards Bar Reservoir and Dam with spillway on the right side.

Yuba Water Agency’s New Bullards Bar Dam, constructed in 1970, recently received the highest safety rating possible by California’s Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams.

A comprehensive listing of California’s major dams issued this mon...

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Posted on: September 4, 2018

Yuba Water Agency to purchase 20-acre property in Dobbins

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Yuba Water Agency today approved the purchase of a property in Dobbins for approximately $220,000 to further support agency operations.

The 20-acre parcel is located between Lake Francis and New Colgate Powerhouse, and will be used to construct a new wareh...

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Posted on: October 9, 2018

Yuba County Water Agency rebrands as Yuba Water Agency, unveils new logo

A close-up of New Bullards Bar Dam with Yuba Water Agency's logo on top

Yuba County Water Agency announced today that it is rebranding as Yuba Water Agency, to provide a simple, easy-to-identify moniker and logo, as the nearly 60-year-old organization seeks to develop a stronger relationship with the people of Yuba County.&am...

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