For the past eight years, the California Coastal Commission has worked closely with the Marin County staff and the public to update its Local Coastal Program to guide future development. We have attended countless public meetings, we have toured farms and sampled strawberries, we have watched cows being milked and cheese being made and we have spoken with some members of the agricultural community so frequently we are on a first-name basis.
On the same day the Weather Service’s official rain gauge at the Redding Municipal Airport hit 40.43 inches, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced water allocations for Northern California agencies such as the city of Redding and Bella Vista Water District.
Among all the conspicuous places closed as a result of damage from high flows in the Feather River during the Oroville Dam spillway emergency, there’s one that hasn’t gotten as much notice. The Feather River Nature Center is also closed.
The main spillway at Oroville Dam is riddled with design flaws and so badly damaged that an independent panel of experts hired by the state has concluded it’s probably impossible to repair the structure completely before the next rainy season begins in November.
Safety experts say there is no time for delay in a state plan to restore the 770-foot Oroville Dam, and they warn California would face a “very significant risk” if a damaged spillway is not in working order by fall, the start of the next rainy season.
In their 70s and 80s now, some men who built the Oroville Dam still remember those tough days well, some 50-odd years later. Most of the people they worked with have since passed on, but some of the former construction workers who are living in Oroville have continued to meet up over the years.
The North Marin Water District has embarked on a pilot program that will feed data to its headquarters in real time, a change that will help the public and utility save water, according to officials. The district — which serves 60,000 people in Novato and parts of West Marin — now relies on a crew of three to read 20,500 meters, logging in water use totals into hand-held computers while making the rounds.
In the nearly 50 years since the Oroville Dam was completed, construction methods have changed. Chico State University construction management professor Chris Souder consulted on the Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project which began construction in 2008 and is on pace to be completed in October.
State water quality officials are frustrated that nearly six years after they fined the owners of the former Shasta Paper Co. mill $682,500, little has been done to clean up the contaminated site near Anderson.
The state Department of Water Resources Friday said the cost associated with the ongoing crisis at Oroville Dam totaled about $100 million through the end of February. … Meanwhile, dam operators Friday began releasing water down the damaged main spillway for the first time since flows were halted there Feb. 27.
[Butte County Sheriff Kory] Honea shared what it was like to be sheriff of Butte County during the Feb. 12 crisis when Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway looked to be failing and thousands of residents needed to be evacuated.
Guerneville is out and Graton is now in as a potential destination for Occidental’s wastewater. What may sound like west county musical chairs is actually the latest chapter in a 20-year effort to find an alternative for Occidental’s wastewater treatment plant, which has been under state orders since 1997 to quit discharging treated effluent into Dutch Bill Creek, a Russian River tributary and coho salmon spawning stream.
As part of its ongoing management of water flows, the Department of Water Resources will increase outflows from Lake Oroville to the Feather River from the current 13,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 50,000 cfs between 11 AM and 2 PM on Friday, March 17 and then maintain those higher flows. … The Feather River elevation will rise between 10 and 15 feet early Friday afternoon, depending on channel geometry and location.
Naturally-occurring asbestos has been found in the rock formations and in the air near the damaged Oroville Dam main spillway, according to a press release. Although California Department of Water Resources said risk to workers and the surrounding community is minimal, dust-control operations are being increased.