What do you do for Yuba Water Agency?
I manage the Yuba Water's flood risk reduction projects that are related to reservoir operations and coordinate with our regional partners. In addition, I support optimizing the agency’s hydroelectric energy in the California Independent System Operator Market and work on a variety of strategic initiatives primarily related to the agency’s missions of flood risk reduction, water supply and hydroelectric power.
Have your essential duties changed since COVID-19? If so, what has changed?
There hasn't been any real change in duties since COVID. Remote work has been challenging, but at times more efficient. Balancing distance learning support for my four kids while remote working can be interesting, but I am really impressed how everyone has adapted.
Photo: John and his family enjoy some time at the lake.
What do you enjoy most about working for Yuba Water Agency?
I love being able to work on multiple aspects of the agency’s missions, applying my background in meteorology and reservoir and hydroelectric operations. The Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) project that is working to improve weather forecasts to support reservoir operations improvements was seemingly tailor-made for me. The project has been personally and professionally rewarding. The best part, along with water control manual updates and our planned secondary spillway at New Bullards Bar, is that FIRO will have such an impact on improving the lives of the people here in the region.
Tell us something about yourself that most of us don't know.
All of my family, including parents, siblings (4), wife and children’s names start with the letter “J”. When my wife Jen and I married, we really had no choice but to continue the tradition (her brother is a J as well). Our children's names are Jostelyn, Juliette, Jenevieve and Jacob.