Faces of Yuba Water Jason Coloma, Hydro Operator

Photo: Coloma celebrates his birthday surrounded by his grandchildren.

Yuba Water Agency's hydroelectric plant operator, Jason Coloma, is part of the team that monitors and controls all of the agency's hydropower generation facilities. Learn more about how he ensures that Yuba Water meets its regulatory requirements for flood risk reduction and environmental flows, while safely operating its hydropower assets.

What do you do for Yuba Water Agency?

I help monitor all of the hydro facilities within our jurisdiction, which includes maintaining proper environmental compliance for all required flows, elevations of reservoirs, streams and instream flow releases. I also adjust the schedule and parameters as needed to stay within operating limits for the safety of the equipment. Additionally, I help ensure the safe establishment of clearance limits to perform work on the electrical and hydraulic equipment.

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

My essential duties have not really changed, other than the mindfulness of keeping everything clean. I don’t know if I have ever worked in a cleaner control room. It is actually pretty nice in that aspect.

What do you enjoy most about working for Yuba Water?

I really enjoy the people we work with, from the maintenance crew, to office staff and management. The operators that we have here have to be the best group of operators that I have personally ever worked with. Everyone pulls their weight and the personalities are very “even keeled” (most of the time).

Photo: Coloma enjoys a nice afternoon spending time with his grandchildren.

Tell us something about yourself that most of us don’t know.

It doesn’t really have to do with myself, but one of my kids is a struggling actor. He just recently got a recurring role as Nikolas Cassadine in General Hospital. Funny part about that whole thing is I remember when my mom used to watch that show back in the day.

Before working here, what was the most interesting job you had?

I think working at the Geysers Geothermal Plants had to be the most interesting job that I’ve had. Yes, it was just turbines and generators, but the conditions were so different. We had 20 units at the place that I worked at. The evolution from Unit 1 to Unit 20 had some pretty incredible changes. At one time we had 120 operators, so just the personalities of that alone…very interesting.

Coloma enjoys an afternoon at the pool with his family and poses for a photo during his shift at one of Yuba Water's hydro facilities.

What do you like to do in your free time?

For me it’s all about family. I love to spend time with my wife, kids and grandkids. Just hanging out at the pool and enjoying each other.

What are three words you would use to describe Yuba Water Agency?

Family, Friends, Proud