The North Yuba Water District was formed on July 22, 1952 as an independent special district. It is a multi-county agency, as a portion of its northern boundary extends into Butte County. Yuba County's LAFCO has jurisdiction over this district.
At this time the water district is:
- Proceeding to build an undersized pipe with support from the Yuba Water Agency
- Trying to avoid CEQA documentation for its Forbestown Ditch Piping Project
- Is in an argument with South Feather over water sales
- Ignoring a request from South Feather to start a dialog over their 2005 agreement
- Has the General Manager denying district documents to a duly elected director, that would be provided to any other director
- Being sued by one of its own directors
- Is not transparent and ignores questions about its activities
- Paying a publicist $40,000 to improve its public relations image
- Has earned a widespread reputation for having governance problems
- In the last nine years, has had a number of "short" seasons and complete failures to provide water to its irrigation customers.
- Is publicly attacking private citizens through its tax-payer funded newsletter
One could characterize the North Yuba Water District as troubled. Not just troubled but engaging in actions of questionable legality. The Yuba County Board of Supervisors, having jurisdiction over this troubled water district, bears the responsibility to see this district properly functions for the benefit of all of its customers.
It is not the job of the district's customers or private citizens to undertake correcting the way this water district is being mismanaged. That responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the County Supervisors.
It is this Board of Supervisor's responsibility to address and fix the troubled North Yuba Water District.
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