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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

A trip down the Feather River shows impacts of Oroville Dam spillway failure (with audio)

The heavy rains and significant releases of water from Lake Oroville after the spillway failure caused startling changes to the Feather River this spring.

Aquafornia news California Magazine, Cal Alumni Association

Q&A: Bob Bea takes us on a deep dive through his dire Oroville Dam report

Like everyone else, Robert Bea was appalled when almost 200,000 Californians living below Oroville Dam were ordered to flee for their lives on February 12th.  The evacuation was necessitated by severe erosion of the dam’s primary and emergency spillways caused by massive releases of water following torrential winter rains. But unlike most citizens, Bea knew the incident wasn’t engendered strictly by the vagaries of nature or an act of God.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Lake Oroville spillways construction updates

Today [August 9] the Department of Water Resources (DWR) provided an update on construction work on the Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project.
Continued Construction on the Main Spillway
• Construction efforts at the Lake Oroville spillways have remained focused on repairing and reconstructing the gated flood control spillway, also known as the main spillway, by November 1.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam: Review board concerned about concrete used in spillway reconstruction

The independent consultants reviewing plans for the Oroville Dam main spillway reconstructions expressed some concerns in two recent memos about construction of the center part of the project.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Oroville Dam’s green spot: Innocent pool or big problem?

The failure of the Oroville spillway in February led people to notice a large green spot on Lake Oroville’s dam. The spot has been there for years, but the questions remain as to whether it’s a sign the dam is leaking.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Trump administration sends payout for Oroville Dam crisis

Federal disaster officials have agreed to chip in $22.8 million to help California pay the estimated $500 million cost of the Oroville Dam crisis. … Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Erin Mellon said Wednesday during a biweekly conference call with reporters that she expects more money to come the state’s way.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Panel weighed Oroville Dam spillway failure in 2014 — and called it unlikely

Consider a couple of scenarios for big trouble at Oroville Dam: First: The facility’s main concrete spillway suffers serious damage, resulting in erosion of the rock beneath it — and potentially threatening the safety of the dam itself.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Oroville Dam repairs are just the start

Workers have been laboring hard to get the spillway at Oroville Dam fixed in time for the winter rainy season…. The state Department of Water Resources, which owns the dam, is confident that the construction repairs for the spillway are on target.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Deadline Friday to claim spillway crisis damages

Friday is the deadline to file a claim with the state government to have a chance of being reimbursed for damages suffered during the Oroville Dam spillway emergency. … Residents may be eligible to receive money to compensate for travel expenses, damage to property, and loss of salary or benefits.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Prep work for Oroville spillway nearly complete

The California Department of Water Resources says most of the prep work for new construction on the Oroville main spillway has been completed.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Pyramid Lake’s Vaquero Beach open for swimming

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) said today [August 7] that Vaquero Swim Beach at Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County will be open for swimming beginning Saturday as a result of improved algal bloom conditions. Laboratory tests of lake water this week detected a level of algae toxins that merits a “Caution” advisory, which means boaters and recreational users may swim in the lake and at designated swim beaches, but should remain cautious of potential blooms.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam: Mayor’s emails during spillway crisis under scrutiny

Several Oroville city councilors have voiced criticism about the mayor’s communication with representatives of the state Department of Water Resources and the State Water Contractors during the height of the Oroville Dam crisis.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Cutoff wall but no chute this year for Oroville Dam emergency spillway

Tons of earth washed down the hillside below the Oroville Dam emergency spillway in February. Three projects have been approved for the site.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

$1 billion worth of claims for Oroville Dam damages filed with state of California

One week before the deadline to formally seek payment from the state of California for damages stemming from the Oroville Dam’s spillway failure this year, the state has received 93 claims worth a combined $1.1 billion.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Oroville Dam — Six months after disaster, a race to repair

Six months ago, relentless winter storms dumped nearly 13 inches of rain in four days on the Sierra Foothills, tearing an enormous hole in the spillway at Oroville Dam, the nation’s highest, and leading to an unprecedented emergency that prompted the evacuation of 188,000 people from nearby towns. Today, what could have been ground zero for America’s worst dam disaster is now a hotbed of construction activity.

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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