Yuba Water Agency this week granted more than $110,000 for design work on the Marysville Ring Levee, new equipment for local fire departments and law enforcement, and to support a local duck egg salvage program.
These grants support Yuba Water Agency’s missions and objectives by funding the following equipment and services:
Design work for the Marysville Ring Levee project for the City of Marysville - $91,000
This grant will cover the costs of the design work the Marysville Levee Commission needs to keep the Marysville Ring Levee project construction on schedule.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the lead agency on the project, requires the relocation of pipes that run through the levee near the City of Marysville’s 17th Street pump station, which is a drainage facility that is used when it rains.
USACE has agreed that the drainage facility is a project cost, but do not have the resources to perform the design and requested that the city provide a design that meets its requirements.
This grant supports Yuba Water Agency’s mission of flood risk reduction by funding critical work on the ring levee necessary to continue on the next phase of construction. When the ring levee is complete, Marysville is expected to have the highest level of flood protection for any urban area in California.
AEDs for Smartsville Fire Protection District - $5,000
This grant will fund three automated external defibrillators for the Smartsville Fire Protection District as a part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program.
An AED is a portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart and can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest.
The Smartsville Fire Protection District serves 67 square miles in the south-east region of Yuba County and provides services to areas around the Yuba River and Yuba Water Agency’s Narrows 2 Powerhouse.
Swift water rescue equipment for the Marysville Fire Department - $5,000
This grant will cover the costs of four drysuits, water shoes and water rescue throw bags for the Marysville Fire Department as a part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, and will be utilized in all conditions during rescues.
The dry suits and supplemental equipment will provide warmth and the ability to add layers of clothing to decrease heat loss. They will also allow for increased buoyancy and provide isolated protection from contaminants that can be encountered in waterways and flood rescue situations.
The Marysville Fire Department serves the City of Marysville, District 10 and the Hallwood Community Services District, providing services to approximately 15,000 residents. The department additionally provides swift water and flood rescue services for Yuba County.
The Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program is designed for first responder agencies in Yuba County and will cover the one-time costs of up to $5,000 per applicant annually, associated with the purchase of rescue equipment or specialized personnel training.
Radio to aid in search efforts for the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office - $4,430
This grant will help the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office purchase a mid-power radio, including programming and installation, for the sheriff’s posse’s new mobile command post.
The new radio will be used to aid in callouts to search for lost and injured people when the mobile command post is deployed.
The Yuba County Sheriff’s Posse assists in wildland searches on forestland, and in river bottoms and remote waterways, such as the watershed around Yuba Water Agency’s New Colgate Powerhouse.
Support for District 10 Wild Duck Egg Salvage Program - $5,000
This grant supports District 10’s Wild Duck Egg Salvage Program and continued efforts to safely rescue wild duck eggs in Yuba County.
The $5,000 contribution will help the program continue its work in collecting and preserving duck eggs laid in crop fields, protecting them from the heavy machinery used to mow the fields prior to harvest.
Once the eggs are collected, they are transported to a hatchery to be monitored and incubated, and are eventually released back into the wild after they have been banded.
Yuba Water Agency is able to contribute to programs like this because of the benefits the water provides for rice cultivation and waterfowl using the flooded rice fields.