Residents raised their voices at a town hall Monday, letting the city council know their opinions about the city’s relationship with the state Department of Water Resources and the Supplemental Benefits Fund.
State water officials told The Sacramento Bee that they want a do-over on how they communicate with the public about Oroville Dam. After denying public records requests from The Bee, and facing angry citizens at recent public meetings, a somewhat chastened group of officials say they want to be more transparent.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [May 19] posted the fifth memo prepared by the independent Board of Consultants (BOC) regarding the spillways at Lake Oroville. Following prior protocol set for the release of all BOC documents, the memo has been released with Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) redacted.
State officials plan to stop releasing water down the mangled main spillway at Oroville Dam on Friday, allowing workers to begin months of round-the-clock repairs to the chute and to an emergency spillway that is also badly damaged.
A hole in the concrete spillway chute of the Oroville Dam first made itself known 100 days ago. How it got there is still a mystery, as is what it will cost to fix the resulting damage and whether a fix will be in place in time for the next rainy season.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Sunday completed transition from Incident Emergency Response to Incident Emergency Recovery at the damaged Lake Oroville spillways. … The public can watch construction activities through a live feed from two cameras at the site. Hosted by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area Spillway Live Stream is at www.parks.ca.gov/live/lakeorovillesra_spillway.
It was another lively discussion Tuesday night over an amendment to the Lake Oroville settlement agreement and intra-council trust issues. The council voted 5-1 to make an amendment to the settlement agreement signed in 2006, taking away the mayor’s authority to sign off on funds going to the supplemental benefits fund, or SBF, and requiring it come to the collective council before any action is taken.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) began making changes to outflows of the main spillway this morning [May 15]. Notification of the flow change was made to the public in the afternoon on Sunday, May 14.
The flood control spillway flow is currently at 25,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Inflow is approximately 1,841 cfs. Current lake elevation is at 840.78 feet. Hyatt Powerplant is currently discharging 5,000 cfs. Total Feather River flow is 26,050 cfs.
America’s tallest dam was built from earth, stone and concrete – and the towering ambition of Gov. Pat Brown. Sixty years before a crisis at Oroville Dam sent thousands fleeing for their lives in February, the late governor brought an almost evangelical zeal to erecting the structure that would hold back the Feather River to deliver water to the parched southern half of the state.
There was going to be a steam train – and a monorail. Plus a major resort featuring a 250-seat restaurant and a 1,000-seat amphitheater. As many as 5 million visitors a year would show up. When it came to wooing Butte County about the construction of Oroville Dam, state officials weren’t shy about setting grand expectations.
Trouble had been developing at the Oroville Dam and the main spillway had been shut down; water started flowing over the emergency spillway and the hillside below it started disintegrating at an alarming rate. Late afternoon on Feb. 12, evacuation orders were issued. By most people’s accounts, it didn’t go well.
If a fresh look had been taken at Oroville Dam — any time between 50 years ago and last year — could the breakup of the spillway have been avoided? Is enough being done to ensure that work done today will keep the communities downstream of the dam safe? Should the Department of Water Resources remain in charge of the dam in the future?
The California Department of Water Resources came under blistering criticism at a hearing Thursday in the Legislature for its management of the Oroville Dam, three months after nearby residents were evacuated out of concerns about possible flooding.