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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam: Water chief at helm of crisis retires

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. 

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: California WaterFix receives authorization for proposed project

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.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam viewing platform not coming anytime soon

A viewing platform to oversee construction at the Oroville Dam spillway will not be ready anytime soon, despite previous vocal commitments from officials with the state Department of Water Resources.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Natural disaster expert, author of dam report to visit Oroville

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Man who led state response to Oroville Dam crisis is stepping down

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.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Engineers use replica to pinpoint California’s Oroville Dam repairs

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.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Now’s the time to file claims for losses during Oroville Dam spillway crisis

Residents forced to flee their homes and drop work in February because of the Oroville Dam emergency should file a claim with the state government soon in order to have a chance at getting reimbursed.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Heat wave should not hinder Oroville Dam repairs, contractor says

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.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Oroville spillways work continues, heat-related safety measures in place

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. 

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Blue-green algal bloom found in San Luis Reservoir; Public urged to avoid water contact

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.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Major cleanup to begin at Oroville’s flood-damaged Riverbend Park

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.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: There’s a strong local element with Bullards Bar Dam

There’s a good deal of distrust and some animosity these days for the Department of Water Resources and those in charge of inspecting and maintaining Oroville Dam. It’s mostly a state operation.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Oroville Dam repair is huge, but so is residents’ mistrust

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Brown, California Democrats are approaching flood control all wrong

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.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Oroville Dam incident explained: What happened, why and what’s next

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.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Public input being sought for state’s climate change assessment
  • UC Davis report looks at the drought’s economic impact on agriculture
  • DWR using online survey to find ways to help California water agencies
  • Series of funding fairs cont
Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam will Take Front and Center at Lake Oroville Visitor Center Event

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

A man who was in his teens when Oroville Dam was built will give a presentation Wednesday highlighting that history at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center.

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Water Conservation Tips Taught at California State Fair

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

As the California State Fair kicks off July 11 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, DWR will educate visitors at two Save Our Water exhibits from July 11 to 27.

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Big Operation Along Lake Oroville This Week to Prepare for Cold Water Release

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

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.

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Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: Californians Encouraged to Learn More About Saving Water at State

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.

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