Lower Yuba River Accord

The Lower Yuba River Accord

The award-winning Lower Yuba River Accord has resulted in significant benefits for Yuba County and California.

The Yuba Accord consists of three agreements:

(1) The Fisheries Agreement establishes significantly higher minimum instream flow requirements during specified periods of the year, and a collaborative monitoring and evaluation program for the lower Yuba River and its fisheries.

(2) Conjunctive Use Agreements implement a comprehensive conjunctive use program with locally managed irrigation districts to responsibly integrate the use of surface water and groundwater supplies and to improve water supply reliability.

(3) The Yuba Accord’s Water Purchase Agreement provides a long-term water supply for fish and wildlife in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – San Francisco Bay ecosystem and supplemental water supplies for cities and farms through a long-term agreement with the state Department of Water Resources.

The Fisheries Agreement was signed in 2008 to improve salmon and steelhead habitat along the 24 miles of the lower Yuba River. Signatories to the agreement include the California Department of Fish and Game, South Yuba River Citizens League, Friends of the River, Trout Unlimited, The Bay Institute and YCWA.

The Yuba Accord has directly resulted in higher instream flow requirements for salmon and steelhead on the lower Yuba River. Each year, about 100,000 acre-feet of water on average is provided for fish and wildlife in the Bay-Delta estuary, and for cities and farms throughout the state.

The Yuba Accord is a model settlement agreement which provides meaningful benefits for both fish and wildlife purposes, and water supply reliability for irrigation, hydropower generation, and recreation.

 

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