Bill Croyle, acting director for the state Department of Water Resources, has announced his retirement, effective July 1. … Croyle said he had his resignation letter in hand when he was called to meet with then-DWR Director Mark Cowin, who was retiring after 36 years with the agency.
Federal agencies responsible for the protection of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today provided biological opinions on the proposed construction and operation of California WaterFix. These biological opinions allow WaterFix to continue moving toward construction as early as 2018.
The natural disaster expert who wrote an extensive report on the Oroville Dam failure will visit Oroville this week. Hailing from UC Berkeley, Robert Bea plans to meet Monday and Tuesday with local politicians, members of the public and press.
Bill Croyle, who’s been the sometimes controversial public face of the state’s response to the Oroville Dam emergency, announced his retirement Friday as acting director of the Department of Water Resources.
Inside a cavernous northern Utah warehouse, hydraulic engineers send water rushing down a replica of a dam built out of wood, concrete and steel – trying to pinpoint what repairs will work best at the tallest dam in the U.S for a spillway torn apart in February during heavy rains that triggered the evacuation of 200,000 people living downstream.
Work at the Oroville Dam will carry on in spite of the 110 degree-plus temperatures anticipated this week. There are protections in place for construction employees with the contractor, Kiewit, and concrete has to undergo a cooling techniques to be able to keep applying it, said Jeff Petersen, the company’s project director in a press conference call Wednesday morning.
The following is a regular update from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) regarding Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project activities.
• Construction continues at the site by DWR’s prime contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West.
• Demolition continues on the bottom 600 feet of the upper chute of the main spillway.
• The final 1,000 feet of main spillway leading to the radial gates will be patched and reinforced, and will remain intact this year.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is urging boaters and recreational users to avoid direct contact with or use of waters containing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in San Luis Reservoir in Merced County. The recommendation is based on the potential health risks from the algae. Water sampled on June 19 at the Basalt Boat Launch contained approximately 10 micrograms per liter of microcystins, a level that prompts warning signs to be posted at the reservoir.
Riverbend Park is about to get some much-needed TLC. The recreational hot spot along the Feather River has been closed since February after the park was badly battered during the Lake Oroville spillway crisis.
The rush of workers and heavy machinery to the shore of Lake Oroville is so vast and unfamiliar it’s fanning rumors across this rural region that the ruckus couldn’t just be for a historic dam repair. … But as state officials gave The Chronicle a tour last week of the construction site, they said the effort was both extensive and relatively straightforward.
Monitor, patch, watch and then monitor. … Nearly 200,000 evacuees downstream of Oroville Dam witnessed how this failed government approach can impact their lives. My [Assemblyman James Gallagher] review of inspection reports shows a pattern of monitoring, delayed action and patchwork maintenance at Oroville Dam, including painting cracks to track their growth.
In February, damage to the spillway of the dam on Lake Oroville in Butte County, California, and erosion under the dam’s emergency spillway threatened to send billions of gallons of water cascading through dozens of California communities. The dam did not collapse, but the damage to the spillway and the emergency spillway was enormous.
Eric Ward went to one of his regular fishing spots near the Oroville Dam Friday morning, and the scene was far from serene. … The word from the Department of Water Resources is that the rubber booms were deployed to capture any hydraulic oil that spilled into the water when a valve was tested, explained Mark Anderson, assistant State Water Project deputy director.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
As the California State Fair kicks off today [July 11], Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) – is encouraging Californians to visit its displays featuring easy ways to save water inside and outside the home. Staff from DWR will be on hand to help attendees identify opportunities to conserve.