Yuba Water Agency Invests in Community Projects

By on September 17, 2020

The board of directors for Yuba Water Agency approved more than $1.25 million in grants and a low-interest loan this week. The investment in community projects will go towards flood risk reduction, water infrastructure, water quality improvements, fish habitat and emergency water rescue equipment.

“As we all grapple with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on our economy – and now wildfires as well, now more than ever we must work to improve community resilience where we can,” said Board Chairman Randy Fletcher. “The board’s actions today advance critical work to reduce flood risk, improve water quality and infrastructure, habitat, and to support our first-responders here in Yuba County.”

The list of projects receiving funding includes:

Hallwood flood risk improvements – $500,000 This grant for the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority is to strengthen the Yuba River North Training Wall, which reduces flood risk to the rural community of Hallwood. The work is expected to be complete in 2021.

Hallwood Side Channel and Floodplain Restoration project – $90,080 Funding will be used to plant riparian habitat on approximately 89 acres for Chinook salmon, steelhead trout and other native fish in the Yuba River.

Ellis Lake improvements – $140,000 For the City of Marysville to develop a plan to improve and manage water quality and recreational fisheries at Ellis Lake.

Water and wastewater infrastructure expansion – $250,000 loan and $250,000 grant to the Olivehurst Public Utility District to complete California Environmental Quality Act work related to a multi-million-dollar water and wastewater infrastructure expansion project planned in southern Yuba County.

Arboga residential water/septic system study – $16,100 Funding will support a feasibility study for connecting residential water and septic systems in Arboga to OPUD’s systems.

Emergency rescue equipment – $10,000 The Yuba County Sheriff’s Office will receive up to $10,000 to purchase specialized rescue equipment, including underwater search and rescue gear and rescue climbing rappelling equipment.