Faces of Yuba Water Jamie Coleman, power systems administrative technician

Yuba Water Agency's power systems administrative technician, Jamie Coleman, helps manage projects and assists the crews responsible for ensuring the agency's hydroelectric generation facilities are running as efficiently as possible. Coleman was also recently announced as the recipient of the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Power Insurance Authority's 2020 H.R. LaBounty Safety Award winner, which recognizes water industry professionals who implement significant safety improvements to prevent occupational injuries and illness. Her diligence prevented what could have been a major disruption to the operation and control of critical infrastructure, posing a significant hazard to members of the public, as well as those recreating at New Bullards Bar Reservoir and communities downstream.

What do you do for Yuba Water Agency?

I support the operations and maintenance crews for Yuba Water's hydroelectric generation systems, which includes overseeing the agency’s fleet compliance and maintenance, scheduling, inspecting and tracking site inspections, and handling junior-level projects.

Have your essential duties changed due to COVID-19? If so, how?

I continue to spend 40 hours a week in the office to support the crews, so my duties have had little to no change since COVID.

Photo: Coleman and other Yuba Water employees pose for a humorous photo inside one of the agency's facilities.

What do you enjoy most about working for Yuba Water Agency?

I love hydro! Working at the plant with the crews is such a great experience and I learn something new literally every day. I have exposure to the hydroelectric power generation equipment and get to learn how things work. It is fantastic to gain knowledge about how the whole project works, everything from keeping the lakes clean to how hydropower generation is made!

(Left) Coleman meets with a representative from Cal Fire during a fire close to the agency's New Colgate Powerhouse.

Tell us an unusual story or experience you've had while working for Yuba Water Agency.

The agency hosts a 5-year table top and functional exercise for the New Bullards Bar Dam Emergency Action Plan. One of the first big projects I was involved in was planning the event alongside our office manager at the time. It was a huge task and we worked lots of hours, but it was a very rewarding project that I got to participate in. Since then, the agency has relied on consultants to plan the exercise.

Coleman enjoys time away from work with her husband and teenage children.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to garden, swim, read and spend as much time as possible with my husband and two teenage children.