Established in 1959 by an act of the State Legislature and headquartered in historic Marysville, California, Yuba County Water Agency is a public agency governed by a 7-member Board of Directors comprised of the five members of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors and two members elected at large. When bid in 1966, the $180 million Yuba River Development Project was the largest single non federal, non state construction contract of its kind. Today, YCWA owns and operates 4 dams with a storage capacity of roughly 1 million acre-feet of water and associated powerhouses capable of generating approximately 397 Mw of energy. Additionally, Bullards Bar Reservoir provides a multitude of recreational activities. The Agency delivers about 310,000 acre-feet of water to local irrigation districts annually. A leader in water transfers and fisheries restoration, YCWA is involved in many constructive efforts with local, state and federal agencies, and conservation groups.
The primary functions of the Agency are development and sale of hydroelectric power, flood control, fisheries enhancement, recreation, conservation and storage of water and wholesale of water to member districts. The Agency has a annual budget exceeding $9 million.