Yolo Bypass occupies a historic floodplain between Davis and Sacramento, California.
With the city of Sacramento and other area communities prone to flooding, the 59,000-acre Yolo Bypass helps offset that risk while also providing habitat for wildlife. Managed by California’s Department of Water Resources and a part of the Sacramento River Flood Control System, bypass boundaries are defined by constructed levees. The huge floodway is three-miles wide in some parts.
The Yuba Accord is a landmark agreement that balances the interests of environmental groups, agriculture, water agencies and hydroelectric operators relying on water from the Yuba River. A tributary of the Feather River, the Yuba is located north of Sacramento.
Pieced together after two decades of lawsuits, the Yuba Accord allows for fresh water flows to support native fish while also providing water for hydropower, transfers and irrigation. The Accord took effect in 2008 after two years as a pilot project.