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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Oroville Dam’s flood-control manual hasn’t been updated for half a century

The critical document that determines how much space should be left in Lake Oroville for flood control during the rainy season hasn’t been updated since 1970, and it uses climatological data and runoff projections so old they don’t account for two of the biggest floods ever to strike the region. … Most recently, the issue of outdated dam manuals came up in the context of California’s five-year drought.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Oroville puts focus on dam spillways – aging and some never tested

When operators of Oroville Dam suddenly ordered evacuations on Sunday, it focused a big spotlight on a crucial piece of California’s flood-control infrastructure – spillways. … Some of these dams are getting upgrades, albeit slowly.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Q&A: Wet winter, damage to dam combine to threaten cities

Here are answers to key questions about problems at Lake Oroville dam in Northern California:

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

215 billion gallons of water has poured into Shasta Lake since Feb. 1

As a series of moisture-packed storms drench Northern California this year, Lake Shasta is seeing an impressive turnaround from near record lows. 

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Folsom Lake is filling fast so flows on swollen American River have been ratcheted up

With heavy rain forecast for Thursday, room is being made in Folsom Lake by increasing flows into the American River.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Spillway crumbles as California reservoirs max out capacity

California’s recovery from drought has been so remarkably quick that reservoirs on the verge of record lows just a year ago are now too full to handle more rain, prompting dam operators across the state to unleash surpluses of water not seen in years.

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River flows double Monday as wet weather sweeps through Sacramento

Water officials dramatically increased flows on the American and Sacramento rivers Monday to lessen the flooding risk ahead of big storms coming Monday and Tuesday night.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation increasing releases into Lower American River for storage management

The Bureau of Reclamation is scheduled to incrementally increase releases below Nimbus Dam from 15,000 cubic feet per second to 30,000 cfs by 4 p.m. Feb. 6, to manage Sierra runoff. If inflows continue to increase or start to decrease, operational adjustments will be made as necessary and may occur on short notice. Folsom Reservoir, located 26 miles northeast of Sacramento, provides water for people, fish and wildlife, hydropower, and environmental and salinity-control requirements in the Bay-Delta.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation increasing releases into Sacramento River for storage management

The Bureau of Reclamation is scheduled to incrementally increase releases below Keswick Dam from 26,000 cubic feet per second to 36,000 cfs by 1 p.m. Feb. 6. The increased releases are necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within Shasta Reservoir. … Shasta Reservoir, located 10 miles north of Redding, provides water for people, fish and wildlife, hydropower, and environmental and salinity-control requirements in the Bay-Delta.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Storm, dam releases have rivers swelling

State and federal water managers ramped up water releases from Sacramento Valley dams Monday afternoon to make space for the water due to come from the storm that was expected to arrive overnight.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation, State of California Announce Negotiations with Cross Valley Contractors for Conveyance Service

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have scheduled a negotiation session with seven Cross Valley Contractors on long-term conveyance contracts for the delivery of federal Central Valley Project water conveyed through state-owned facilities.

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Auxiliary Dam Topped at Folsom

From Capital Public Radio:

Even in a drought, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready for the next flood threat on the American river.

Construction workers poured the last bit of concrete to top off the Auxiliary Dam at Folsom Lake this morning [July 11].

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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Public Open House Scheduled on Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public Open House on Thursday, July 31, 2014, to present and solicit comments on the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Drought Imperils a Dream

From the Los Angeles Times:

For the first time in the more than half a century that the federal government had been diverting Sierra Nevada water to farmers, there would be no deliveries to most Central Valley irrigation districts. In the third year of drought, there wasn’t enough water to go around.

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Aquafornia news Eugene Register-Guard

Rolling through Oregon [Folsom Dam gate photo]

From the Eugene Register-Guard:

Gresham Transfer is driving a total of 10 gates through Oregon to the Folsom dam, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento.

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Aquafornia news Eugene Register-Guard

Folsom Dam Gate to Delay I-5 Traffic Tonight, ODOT Says

From the Eugene Register-Guard:

Late-hour motorists on Interstate 5 should expect long delays between Cottage Grove and Sutherlin tonight while an oversize load carrying a massive [Folsom] dam gate is transported through the area, the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday. …
Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting on Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study July 18 in Folsom

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a meeting to update the public on the current status of the ongoing Cost Allocation Study for the Central Valley Project. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss the methodology on calculating the economic benefits for irrigation and municipal and industrial water supply.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Romero Visitors Center Reopens

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Located next to San Luis Reservoir along Highway 152 in Merced County, the [Romero Visitors] center features exhibits of the area’s history, dam construction and State Water Project construction and operations.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Federal Court Rejects Bid to Stop Flow from Friant Dam

From The Fresno Bee:

“The U.S. District Court in Fresno Tuesday refused to stop Millerton Lake water from being sent to wildlife refuges and farmers with historic rights on the Valley’s west side.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

East Valley Farmers Sue to Stop Millerton Lake Water Release

From The Fresno Bee:

“East San Joaquin Valley farmers, facing a zero water allocation this summer, are asking a judge to stop unprecedented water releases that started last week at Millerton Lake.”

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