Story of the Year: A decade later for historic Yuba River Accord

From The Appeal-Democrat – When water is involved, there’s almost always a battle between competing interests. That was the case along the Yuba River until 18 different parties reached an agreement a decade ago, which delineated what water benefits each would realize. This past year was the 10th anniversary of the game-changing Yuba River Accord. After decades of court battles over how the different parties thought the river water should be used, the Accord – finalized on May 20, 2008 – brought parties to the table to find a meaningful and long-term solution. The Accord has been hailed as a landmark achievement by many in the water world because it establishes improved conditions for fish like salmon and steelhead, reduces flood risk, protects water rights for farmers and ranchers, and provides a reliable water supply for cities and farms throughout the state. It’s about as comprehensive as a water agreement can get.

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The Central Valley Flood Protection Board announces its first annual employee recognition awards

In December 2018, CVFPB honored three of its employees for their outstanding staff work and contributions to the Board. The recipients of these first CVFPB awards are:

Permitting Section Chief Gary Lemon
2018 Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award

HR Analyst Amber Woertink
2018 Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award

Office Assistant Wendy Valdez
2018 Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award

All three have demonstrated an exceptional work ethic and pride in their work, even with juggling many duties, dependability, initiative, a "can do" positive and helpful attitude, and promoted a productive "team work" atmosphere at the Board. Congratulations to Gary, Amber, and Wendy - the Board thanks you for your service. You can read more about why these employees were selected in the links above.