*Denotes Incumbent

These figures are as of March 6. The only changes in front runners were

Sutter County BOS District 4 and Yuba County BOS District 2

 

 

Colusa County

County Supervisor District 2

Robert Moriconi                  253    24.42%

Dave B Markss                  286    27.61

Laurie Waters                     140    13.51

Daurice Kalfsbeek Smith  357    34.46

County Supervisor District 3

Kent S Boes*                      556    69.24%

Jason D McMullan              247    30.76

 

Prop. 13

Yes                            1,253      26.88%

No                              3,409     73.12

Measure C

Yes                             1,441     31.65 %

No                               3,112     68.35

Measure A

Yes                                442     45.76%

No                                 524     54.24

 

Nevada County

Board of Supervisors District 1

Heidi Hall                       4,381   52.14%

Michael Taylor                1,999   23.79

Deborah Wilder               2,023   24.07

City Council City of Nevada City

Richard Ewald                      209    9.24%

Danielle Fernandez             487   21.54

David Parker                         280   12.35

Lorraine Allison Reich        292   12.91

Reinete Senum                     395   17.47

 

Prop  13

Yes                                11,974   38.96%

No                                  18,759   61.04

 

 

Measure J

Yes                                  1,377   37.73%

No                                    2,273   62.27

Measure I

Yes                                  1,784    57.88%

No.                                   1,298   42.12

 

Sutter County

Board of Supervisors District 1

Ron Sullenger*                    1,302   30.73%

Nick Micheli                       2,935   69.27

Board of Supervisors District 4

Karm Bains                         2,554    44.97%

Tej Maan                             1,554     27.47

Stacy Brookman                  1,559    27.56

Board of Supervisors District 5

Mat Conant*                       2,073    46.86%

Sarb Thiara                         1,427    32.26

John Buckland                          924   27.93

 

Prop 13

Yes                                   5,274  27.58%

No                                  13,849  72.42

Measure C

Yes                                  5,826   30.79%

No                                  13,094   69.21

 

Yuba County

Superior Court  Judge-Office 2

Terry Spies                            6,176    43.95%

Melanie K. Bendorf             7,877    56.05

County Supervisor District 2

Don Blaser                              894  36.56%

Mike Leahy*                           773   31.62

Stephen Heter                           778  31.82

County Supervisor District 3

Doug Lofton*                             971  46.82%

Seth Fuhrer                            1,193   53.18

 

County Supervisor District 4

Gary Bradford*                        1,950   52.89%

Joe Henderson                            1,737   47.11

Yuba County Water Agency-North Division

John Nicoletti                             3,312   45.10%

Charlie Mathews*                     4,031   54.90

 

Prop 13

Yes                                         3,828   26.12%

No                                         10,829   71.50

Measure C

Yes                                        4,141   28.50%

No                                        10,289   71.50

Measure L

Yes                                         1,423  42.13%

No                                          1,955   57.87

Measure M

Yes                                         1,007   52.39%

No                                              915   47.61

Fourth District Sutter County Supervisor Jim Whiteaker  opposed the option of constructing a roundabout on Highway 99 at Oswald Road, although he does not believe any more stop lights should be placed on the highway south of Yuba City.

 

What is needed is a highway interchange, Supervisor Whiteaker said.

 

"We currently have nine traffic lights on Highway 99 heading south," he noted. "Way too many.

 

Every county to the south of us has overpasses. CalTrans and Sutter County need to work with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) to fund an overpass for future development."

 

Caltrans and Sutter County are currently considering options to improve traffic control on Highway 99 at Oswald Road. Options being considered range from a stop light to an interchange, and currently include a four-lane roundabout.

 

Supervisor Whiteaker said he is opposed to the roundabout option.

 

Roundabouts are designed for lower speed roadways, he said, and could increase the risk of accidents and fatalities during heavy rain and fog. He also said the roundabout could reduce response times for emergency vehicles, semi-truck trailers experience a higher rate of traffic accidents using roundabouts , and not all drivers know the proper procedure while using a roundabout, causing more confusion.

 

"Our residents who commute outside this County for work should have the best traveling conditions ," he said .

There will be a luncheon meeting Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11am the

Plaza Room Hillcrest Catering, 210 Julie Drive, Yuba City, Ca.

 

We are please to welcome Dee Adams a firearms safety trainer and Sheriff Brandon Barnes, Sutter County Sheriff as our speakers this month.  We think will be a great duo of speakers.

 

The cost of the luncheon buffet is $17.00.  The doors open at 11 am and the meeting starts promptly at 11:30 am.  Reservations are required.  Please call Chary Dunn at 530-673-0317.

Yuba City, Ca.

 

Tea party Andre Licon edited 1 The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced Sutter County Sheriff Deputy Andre Licon will be the Guest Speaker for their next meeting, Monday, March 16, 2020.

 

Deputy Licon has been with Sutter County Sheriff’s Office 16 years.  During that time, he has served in the following roles: SWAT Operator, Rangemaster, Armorer, firearms instructor, training officer, shift supervisor, and court-certified firearms SME.

 

As the Community Response Officer, Deputy Licon’s current roles are homeless issues; community events; Neighborhood Watch programs; TV/radio/newspaper interviews; liaison to outside county, state and federal entities; Yuba-Sutter AG Crimes Committee, California State AG Crimes Committee; and Oroville Dam Advisory Committee.

 

Deputy Licon will be speaking about the current homeless population in the Sutter-Yuba area, concentration areas, available resources, cleanup procedures, the new county ordinances, and the respective enforcement process.

 

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In the News with Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio Host and President of the New California State movement, will follow our Guest Speaker.  Paul will discuss events of the day.

 

The Feather River Tea Party Patriots meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City.

 

Everyone is welcome.  There is no membership requirement and no cost to attend.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Come early to socialize with like-minded patriots and get a good seat.

 

Contact Larry or Carla (530) 755-4409.

Visit our website https://featherriverteapartypatriots.ning.com/

            Last year, cities and counties across California were left wondering how the Public Works Department in tiny Yuba County did it: accomplishing four years’ worth of road repairs in a single summer, while managing to save $4 million in taxpayer dollars in the process. This week, the innovative solution was recognized in a statewide award.

 

            The project titled “Tomorrow’s Paving Today” was named winner of the 2020 Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program in the Roads: Efficient and Sustainable Road Maintenance, Construction and Reconstruction Projects category. It will be highlighted at the County Engineers Association of California’s Spring Conference/Public Works Officers Institute March 19 in Monterey.

 

            “As you might imagine, we are extremely pleased the creative thinking and hard work that went into this unprecedented feat in Yuba County is being honored, and we think the approach may be embraced by other counties,” Yuba County Public Works Director Mike Lee said.

 

            The new awards program was developed to recognize and raise awareness of the exceptional achievements made by California’s cities and counties to preserve and protect the public’s investment in the local street and road system, according to the California State Association of Counties and County Engineers Association of California call for nominations (https://bit.ly/38WMohd).

 

            Yuba County had originally scheduled 15 miles of road repair using gas tax funds, but by working with the Yuba Water Agency to get advanced funding leveraged against future gas tax funds, the County was able to complete 70 miles of road repairs last summer—representing 15 percent of the County’s entire network of paved roads. 

 

This approach also resulted in around $4 million worth of savings, accomplished by bundling all the roadwork into two large contracts at once instead of multiple smaller ones, avoiding escalating construction costs, and avoiding ongoing maintenance on yet-to-be-repaired roads.

 

In 2017, the state Legislature passed SB 1—a comprehensive transportation funding bill that established a reliable source of gas tax revenues for the foreseeable future that adjusts for inflation (since 1994, gas tax revenues were never adjusted for inflation). Even through the significant road repair funding that would be generated by SB 1, it would still take years to make meaningful progress in fixing roadways.

 

            Yuba County leaders had a lightbulb moment in hoping to advance SB 1 funds so the County could complete future road repair work in a single construction season, then pay back the advance over time using future apportionments of SB 1 revenues. Initially, using gas tax money to pay back loan advance was not allowed, so Yuba County worked with state lawmakers to champion Senate Bill 848 (2018), which changed state regulations to allow such a use.

 

            After a complicated and lengthy process that required the use of special bond counsel and financial advisors, Yuba County received a lease-leaseback through the Yuba Water Agency. The end result was an advance/loan of $9 million at a favorable interest rate of 2.25 percent. Yuba County will use its general fund to pay off interest on the advanced funding, as benefits to residents exceed the cost of its improvements.

“The Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program highlights cities and counties that are employing projects, programs, practices, and innovative technologies and materials to achieve safety, preservation, and sustainability goals for the statewide local street and road system,” CEAC said in its awards call for nominations. “Their exceptional work is worth recognizing and replicating across the state!”

By Stephen Frank, the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views.

 

In 1976 Time magazine had a famous cover headline:  “Beware: THE ICE AGE IS COMING.  The promoters of global warming have been scam artists (Al Gore, high school drop outs with emotional problems—as outlined by her mother (Greta Thunberg), socialists AOC,  and Sanders)  To believe as they do they use junk science and refuse to admit history.

 

“The real climate crisis may not be global warming, but global cooling, and it may have already started. These events may not be an anomaly, but a predecessor of things to come:

 

  • Planting was one month late due to cold Spring weather across the Great Plains of North America in both 2018 and 2019. 
  • In 2019 Spring was wet and cold and ~40% of the huge USA corn crop was not planted. 
  • Summer 2019 was cold, and snow came early in the Fall, and the crop was a failure across much of the Great Plains. 
  • There were good harvests in the USA Southeast and South in 2019, and lots of grain in storage so prices did not escalate – but there were big crop losses across the Great Plains. Also, lots of that grain will be feed grade only, if they do get it off the fields.

Global warming is not science—it is politics.  It is the politics of greed and theft.    It is time for the scams to end—and return to honest education and politics.

Marysville, Ca.

 

Certified Ag Labs, California’s most advanced cannabis testing facility, opened its doors to Marysville and the region on February 1, 2020. While lab-tested cannabis is a requirement in nearly every state that regulates cannabis businesses, Certified Ag Labs has one of the most modern facilities in California. In addition to Cannabis lab-testing, the lab is also available for testing agricultural crops.

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Tamika Hamilton, candidate for Congress in the Third Congressional District, has been endorsed by the Sutter County Republican Central Committee. 

 

Central Committee Chairwoman Jerrie Libby said the endorsement was given because the Committee believes that Hamilton has a solid platform and the best chance of defeating incumbent John Garamendi. 

 

Hamilton is a wife, mother, veteran and community activist.  She served 14 years of active duty with the Air Force during which she was stationed at five different bases and saw two deployments in the Middle East as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the United States Global War on Terror.  She was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Service Accommodation Medal, Air Force Meritorious Unit Award and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.  She is now an active Air Force reservist.

 

Tamika and her husband, Ray, live in Dixon with their four children. Ray is a veteran of the US Navy and now serves as a local police officer.  Hamilton says it was her homeless ministry, particularly her work with homeless veterans, that caused her to take a stand for her community and run for Congress. 

 

Libby says the committee will do everything possible to help Hamilton win the 3rd Congressional seat. 

Hamilton has been endorsed by seven of the eight Republican Central Committees in Congressional District 3 and was also recently endorsed by the California Republican Party.

Warning that an initiative on property taxes threatens harm to rural communities, the California Farm Bureau Federation has voted to oppose it. Known as Initiative 19-0008, the measure would establish a split-roll property tax that would reassess commercial and industrial property, including agricultural facilities. Backers are collecting signatures to qualify the initiative for the November ballot.

 

 “It’s unusual for Farm Bureau to oppose a measure at this early stage, but our board of directors is very concerned about the impact this initiative would have on rural California,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “Although its backers claim agricultural land would not be affected, the initiative would trigger annual tax reassessments at market value for agricultural improvements such as barns, dairies, wineries, processing plants, vineyards and orchards.”

 Johansson said Farm Bureau opposes efforts to weaken Proposition 13, the 1978 tax-reform measure that limits property tax increases.

 

 “Proposition 13 protects California farmers by giving them certainty about their property tax bills,” he said. “The split-roll measure would increase the tax burden on California farmers at a time when family farms and ranches already face threats to their water supplies and rising costs to comply with the state’s employment and environmental regulations.”

 

 Johansson said measures that increase costs for family farmers and ranchers undermine their ability to supply jobs, especially in rural California, and their ability to supply food and farm products for customers in California and worldwide.

 

 “The split-roll tax initiative would add more economic pressure on rural areas that are already under strain, and that’s why we oppose it,” he said.

Marysville, Ca

 

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 critical information for emergency response efforts for the safety of the people who live and work in Yuba County. 

 

This work is the result of lessons learned from the Oroville spillway incident evacuation and it will provide Yuba County with better tools to inform the implementation of evacuation routes and procedures, and to help prioritize specific areas of impact, depending on the type of flood event. 

 

$25,000 will be used to obtain an updated, hardcopy set of potential levee breach locations in the Yuba County region. The remaining $40,000 will be used to study the feasibility of a real-time flood inundation mapping tool that could potentially be used to simulate complex levee failure modes for training purposes and for managing actual flood events. 

 

These products will support Yuba Water’s flood protection mission through improving coordination and the effectiveness of emergency response efforts during flood events. 

 

 

Camptonville Community Services District drinking water system repairs - $51,000

 

Yuba Water Agency also approved a grant for the Camptonville Community Services District to help repair its drinking water system. 

 

The structure that the district uses to deliver water to the community of Camptonville, known as the Campbell Gulch diversion structure, sustained damage from high creek flows as a result of major rain events. 

The $51,000 grant provides funding for the district to plan, design and repair the structure, so that the community’s drinking water won’t be compromised by another high-flow event.

 

Yuba Water Agency is able to fund these repairs because it will help ensure a sustainable water supply for Camptonville’s residents.

 

 

Yuba County Sheriff’s Department environmental crimes investigations - $30,000 

 

A $30,000 grant provides funding for the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department to investigate environmental crimes related to the cultivation of marijuana within the Yuba River watershed. 

 

The funding will specifically be used by the department to conduct searches of potential grows, limiting illegal water diversions and further damage to the Yuba River caused by the harmful chemicals that are often used. 

Yuba Water Agency is able to provide these funds because it will help improve water quantity and quality in the Yuba River.  

 

 

Wheatland Fire Authority rescue equipment - $10,000

 

This grant will help the Wheatland Fire Authority purchase a self-bailing raft and a special multipod system, which will allow first-responders to create high ground when it is not available.

 

This new equipment will enhance the department’s rescue capabilities and improve its efficiency when responding to water-related emergencies by alleviating the need for responders to enter the water. 

 

Like all Bill Shaw Grants, the agency is able to make these funds available because the first-responders may be called upon to provide emergency support to Yuba Water Agency’s facilities and staff, or to people recreating at its lakes or on the Yuba River.

 

Yuba Water Agency’s Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, which was created in 2018, is designed for first-responder agencies in Yuba County and will cover the one-time costs of up to $10,000 per applicant annually, associated with the purchase of rescue equipment and specialized personnel training. Since its inception, the program has supported 14 agencies with $178,500 in grants.

by Brian Price, CCP Census Coordinator

 

Do you know you will not receive a paper Census if you only receive mail at your PO Box?

 

But the census is important! Camptonville Community Partnership (CCP) represents our community as “Rural people working together for a safe, sustainable and healthy community”. In our effort to continue this goal, we feel it is vital that our community be represented in the Census. This year, CCP has partnered with Sierra Health Foundation and California Census 2020 to help the Yuba foothills be counted with on-line submissions.

 

Your participation in the census will inform how funding will support services in communities and schools over the next ten years. It will also help businesses make smart decisions on where to invest and open their doors. The Census information will also let investors and grantors know how many people live in a particular area.

 

The Census counts everyone regardless of immigration status. By law answers are kept confidential. The information is not shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies. We feel that we can achieve our goals with much more vigor as we intend to make better, and create more opportunity, for the people in our community.

 

CCP will have a traveling Census Kiosk setup in the Yuba foothills to assist with achieving 100% census participation in our communities. Starting in mid-March CCP will post dates and locations for Census Kiosks in your Yuba foothill neighborhood.  Please keep your eyes open for our flyers. For more information call or email me at 530-288-9355 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Honoring our civic duty to participate in the Census strengthens our communities. To learn more visit californiacensus.com or 2020census.gov

     There will be a luncheon meeting Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Plaza Room, Hillcrest Catering, 210 Julie Drive, Yuba City.

 

We are pleased to welcome four of the supervisors currently running for office. Stephen Heter and Gary Bradford from Yuba County and Tej Maan and Matt Conant from Sutter County. 

 

The cost for the buffet luncheon is $17.00.  The doors open at 11 a.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 11:30 a.m.  Reservations are required.  Please call Pat Middleton, president, at 530-218-1196. 

Sacramento, Ca.

 

CalFire is awarding Yuba Water Agency $4.5 million in California Climate Investment funding for the proposed Yuba Foothills Healthy Forest project. The project will include more than 5,000 acres of public and private forestlands in the Yuba County foothills, in various areas around Dobbins, Challenge and Brownsville. A variety of forest treatments will be used including thinning, prescribed fire, pile burning and biomass utilization. The project will provide benefits to forest health, climate change resilience, species composition, catastrophic fire risk reduction and improved water yield. It also comes with direct benefits to hydropower and bio-energy fuels, and local jobs. 

 

“This is such great news for our communities at risk of wildfire,” said Randy Fletcher, Yuba Water Agency board chairman and Yuba County supervisor for District 5, which includes the foothills. “This grant will enable us to get significant work done on the ground, and much of it on private land, to protect our people, our infrastructure and our water.”

 

Nevada County was awarded over $1.5 million to enhanced  the 1,500-acre Grouse Ridge Research Forest through a diverse suite of treatment options and an ongoing commitment to long-term monitoring. This project will ultimately serve as a demonstration site for students, landowners, and other stakeholders, and thus have a far-reaching impact on future forestland management, research and policy creation.

 

California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative. The mission statement says that it puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment.

New California State announced February 5, 2020 that former Gov. and advisor to President Trump, Mike Huckabee will be one of several keynote speakers at the New California State 6th Constitutional Convention February 28-29, 2020 in San Luis Obispo.  Mike Huckabee is the host of the TV show "Huckabee" on TBN each weekend and is a Fox News contributor, NY Times bestselling author of 12 books, and a frequent speaker for corporate, civic, and non-profit groups all over the world.   He was the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007, becoming one of the longest serving Governors in his state's history. He left a legacy of tax cuts, job creation, the reconstruction of his state's road system, K-16 education reform, and a nationally heralded and duplicated health initiative that focused on prevention. His administration fought long-standing corruption in the state's political machine, resulting in numerous indictments and convictions of powerful legislators and other elected officials. In 2008 and 2016, he ran for President of the United States, finishing 2nd in the Republican primary in 2008.

 

Be ready to join the President and Founder of the New California State Movement Paul Preston in February 2020 to make New California State the 51st State of the Union of States known as the United States of America.

 

 New California is a new state in development exercising it’s Constitutional Right to form from the State of California. The process to form New California is authorized and codified in Article 4 Section 3 of the United States Constitution.

Time:  Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 4:00 PM –Sat, Feb 29, 2020, 5:00 PM PST Location:  Alex Madonna Inn-Expo  100 Madonna Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 Contact:  Paul Preston, CELL 530-632-9786    

 

WEBSITE: www.newcaliforniastate.com  

 

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Please come to meet Charlie “The Water Guy” Mathews, Incumbent Candidate for Yuba Water Agency Director. 

Willow Glen, 13809 Willow Glen Rd, Oregon House, CA  2/13/20 ~ 5:00pm-7:00pm

 

Join us for Heavy Appetizers, Beverages and Information!

 

Taco Tuesday!

 

Please come to meet Charlie “The Water Guy” Mathews, Incumbent Candidate for Yuba Water Agency Director 

 El Rey Mexican Restaurant, 512 E 19th St, Marysville, 2/18/20 ~ 5:00pm-7:00pm

Yuba City, Ca.

 

The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced the fourth in a series of Candidate Forums.  All candidates for California Congressional District 3 have been invited to share their positions on the key issues facing the California Congressional District 3 at the Monday, February 17, 2020, meeting. 

 

The following candidates have been invited to participate:

 

John Garamendi – Incumbent

Sean Feucht

Tamika Hamilton

 

The Moderator, Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio Host and President of the New California State movement, will introduce the participants and allow time for them to review their qualifications and respective campaigns. There will then be questions from a panel of community representatives and attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions, followed by closing remarks by each of the participants.

 

The Feather River Tea Party Patriots meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 pm at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend.  There is no membership requirement and no cost to attend.  Doors open at 6:00 pm; come early to meet the candidates, socialize with like-minded neighbors, and get a good seat.  For more information contact Larry Virga (530) 755-4409.

New federal rules to protect navigable waters promise to provide the certainty farmers and ranchers need to maintain agricultural production and enhance the land under their care, the California Farm Bureau Federation says. CFBF President Jamie Johansson said today’s release of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers encourages farmers and ranchers.

 

 “You won’t find a stronger ally than farmers and ranchers when it comes to protecting land and natural resources, because they depend on those resources to produce food and farm products,” Johansson said. “The new rule promises clear guidelines to help farmers maintain and improve water quality while retaining the flexibility they need to manage their land.”

 

 The Navigable Waters Protection Rule will replace the 2015 Waters of the United States rule that would have given federal agencies extensive authority to regulate routine farming activities.

 

 “The old WOTUS rule generated only confusion and litigation,” Johansson said. “We hope the new rule will lead to a more cooperative approach that sees farmers and ranchers as partners in protection of natural resources.”

On February 6, 2020 Candidate for Yuba County Judge, Terry Spies, will be at the Pizza Roundup in Loma Rica from 5:30 to 7:30.

Marysville, Ca.

 

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 the city to replace its aging water distribution system equipment, including all of the water meters, water meter reading technology and associated software. 

 

The current distribution system includes multiple brands of outdated and inefficient meters, and doesn’t allow the city to identify water losses or alert its customers in a timely manner when their water use is high, which can lead to significant waste and unnecessarily high water bills. 

 

“This funding will directly benefit not just the city of Wheatland, but the approximately 3,700 people who live there, as well,” said Gary Bradford, Yuba Water Agency director and county supervisor for the district that includes Wheatland. “Giving everyone the ability to better monitor their water usage and catch a leak before it’s a crisis will spare many families from the financial burden that comes with a water leak.”   

 

Leveraging potential funding from the state, Yuba Water Agency’s grant will save Wheatland’s customers approximately $1,273 per connection, which would otherwise be absorbed through rate increases. 

Additionally, the antiquated equipment requires extra work, reducing efficiency for an already strained workforce. Wheatland staff reports that a recent, routine meter reading required them to open more than 350 of the 1,100 connections to ensure they were accurate and measuring appropriate customer water usage. 

 

The new improvements will include remote-read meters for customers and updated software that will identify leaks automatically, allowing for improved water conservation and efficiency through constant monitoring, while also alleviating the need for employees to check the meters each month, saving staff time.      

 

Yuba Water Agency has worked with Wheatland to develop this project, known as the Wheatland Comprehensive Drinking Water Project. The $700,000 is the local match to leverage state grant funding through the California Department of Water Resources’ Integrated Regional Water Management grant program, which provides funding for multi-benefit regional water projects. To qualify for state funding, the grant application requires a 50 percent local match. 

 

“We’ve been working on this grant for years,” said Wheatland City Manager Jim Goodwin. “This funding from Yuba Water Agency allows us to move forward with the water metering component of the project, which is crucial because we essentially have a failing system and need to make those improvements as quickly as we can for the benefit of our residents.”

 

Other aspects of the total project, estimated at $1.4 million, include enhancements to the city’s current water storage. 

 

Yuba Water Agency’s grant allows the deficiencies in the water meter reading system to be addressed right away, while strengthening the competitiveness for the remainder of the project to receive further funding from DWR. 

 

Yuba Water is able to grant these funds to Wheatland because this project will help conserve water, and ensuring a sustainable water supply is a primary agency mission.

 

Grants for first-responders

 

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 needed to help the department purchase a small, “quick-attack” vehicle that is capable of accessing river bottom off-road terrain and roadways to patrol levees and support water-rescue efforts.  Currently, existing vehicles, such as a traditional fire engine, cannot access this area.  

 

“Right now, we don’t have a four-wheel-drive vehicle capable of doing anything near the river-bottom areas, so this vehicle will really provide us the opportunity to do a better, more efficient job,” said Marysville Fire Department Chief Ron Karlen. “We also anticipate staffing this truck 24-7, so it’s not going to be a resource that just sits. It will get a lot of use.” 

 

The department is responsible for responding to emergencies along the waterways bordering Marysville, but oftentimes, has to wait for boat or aircraft assistance when dealing with incidents in certain areas because they are inaccessible to its current vehicles. 

 

The new rig will be a four door, four-wheel-drive truck that can seat four personnel while traveling through rugged terrain, and will be equipped with various response equipment including:

 

  • Tank, pump and hose for fire suppression
  • Swift-water rescue equipment 
  • Light-weight extrication equipment
  • High-powered lighting with infrared capability
  • Small agriculture pump for evacuating water from flooded areas
  • Tools for vegetation management

“This is a great example of Yuba Water helping the local community in a really tangible way, while leveraging other funding to make our dollars go even further,” said Mike Leahy, Yuba Water Agency director and county supervisor for the district that includes the city of Marysville. 

  

Loma Rica/Browns Valley Community Services District - $10,000

This grant will fund swift-water rescue equipment for the Loma Rica/Browns Valley Community Services District as part of Yuba Water Agency’s Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program.   

The new gear, which includes dry suits and on- and off-shore rescue equipment, will be used by the district’s first-responders when conducting emergency rescues along the Yuba River and at New Bullards Bar Reservoir as part of its mutual aid commitments. The current equipment is outdated and in need of replacement. 

 

The Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, which was created in 2018, is designed for first-responder agencies in Yuba County and will cover the one-time costs of up to $10,000 per applicant annually, associated with the purchase of rescue equipment and specialized personnel training. Since its inception, the program has supported 15 agencies with $188,500 in grants.  

 

Yuba Water Agency is able to help fund these two public safety grants because the funds will be used to provide emergency services for people recreating along the Yuba River and during high-water events.

Marysville, Ca.

 

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. With that in mind, Yuba Water Agency  adopted an official groundwater sustainability plan, known as the Yuba Subbasins Water Management Plan.  

 

The plan, developed in coordination with Cordua Irrigation District, the city of Marysville and many interested stakeholders, will guide the continued management and use of groundwater in Yuba County.

“The current sustainable conditions in this area are a testament to the success of locally-driven water management,” said Yuba Water Agency Water Resources Manager Scott Matyac. “This plan will ensure we remain sustainable into the future.”

 

Historically, the south Yuba subbasin was over drafted until the early 1980s when Yuba River water was brought in to irrigate the farm lands. The basin is now fully recovered due to the combined efforts of Yuba Water and the South Yuba, Brophy, Dry Creek and Wheatland irrigation districts.

 

The 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act established a statewide framework for the sustainable management of groundwater for the first time in California’s history, and required the formation of groundwater sustainability agencies to prepare and submit plans that include measurable objectives and milestones to achieve sustainability. 

 

Yuba Water, Cordua and Marysville are the local groundwater sustainability agencies that worked together on the Yuba plan, which received a significant financial boost from the state, covering nearly $900,000 of the $1.2 million project cost. This is one of the first complete groundwater sustainability plans in California. 

 

Because of the successful stakeholder collaboration and the current sustainability of the local groundwater supply, the plan is complete two years ahead of the deadline set by the state. This early submittal helps to ensure access to technical support and state grants to help with implementing the plan and making improvements to our groundwater management system. 

 

“I am very happy that we’ve had such a collaborative effort in developing the plan,” said Keith Davis, Cordua’s chairman of the board. “The committee provided the opportunity for those involved to say what they needed, and because of that, this plan represents a very fine program to push forward with.”

Because of the diverse nature of groundwater users, outreach was a critical component in the development of the plan. To achieve the greatest input from stakeholders, the Groundwater Sustainability Committee was formed. The committee involves 17 local districts and regional stakeholders, and is responsible for making recommendations regarding the development and implementation of the plan. The committee recently recommended adopting the plan.

 

Prior to full implementation, both Cordua and Marysville must adopt the plan, which they anticipate will be in the coming weeks. The plan will then be sent to the California Department of Water Resources for final review. 

 

“The Groundwater Sustainability Plan will be presented to our council on February 4th and I am confident they will adopt it,” said Marysville City Councilman Bill Simmons. “Working with the water agency and Cordua on this plan has been a positive experience and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”  

 

The Yuba Subbasins Water Management Plan and an executive summary can be found on the Yuba Water Agency website.