The Faces of Yuba Water Tim Truong, Chief Dam Safety Engineer

Yuba County Water Agency's chief dam safety engineer, Tim Truong, is responsible for monitoring, planning and facilitating maintenance of the agency's dams, including the fifth largest in the U.S., New Bullards Bar Dam. Get to know the man charged with ensuring these facilities stay in tip-top shape.

What do you do for YCWA?

I work with regulators, consultants, and staff to monitor, plan, and fix any potential issues with our dams and ensure that they can continue to safely operate.

What does your average day look like?

One of the things I love most about my job is there is not really an "average day". Each day is different depending on the urgency of the day. I can either be reviewing documents and reports in my office or be in the field inspecting the facilities.

Truong leads a tour of YCWA's facilities for Association of California Water Agency staff

Do your duties differ throughout the year?

My duties do not differ throughout the year; however, there are certain times of the year that are better suited to do certain tasks. For example, the late fall/early winter is when New Bullards Bar Reservoir is typically at its lowest elevation. This creates the best opportunity to do projects in/on the dam as there is less seepage to contend with.

What do you enjoy most about working for YCWA?

It's great working for a smaller company where everyone knows your name (at least I hope they do), and where your actions and decisions make a difference.

(Photo: New Bullards Bar Dam during a routine inspection)

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

Most people on my dad's side of the family have the initials "TT", including myself, my dad, my brother, my daughter, my son, and three of my cousins.

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

I was a project engineer with the United States Air Force at Balad Air Base in Balad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was definitely interesting working and sleeping in an environment where it was constantly being hit with mortars and rockets.

What are three words you would use to describe YCWA?

Important, Meaningful, Progressive