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California Water Plan eNews

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes: California Water Boards holding annual science symposium next week; Questions about the Delta? This beginner’s guide has many answers; Adaptation forum will take a close look at California action on climate change; Webinar to provide insight on San Diego county wildfire damage and recovery; Details of Northwest Forest Plan to be discussed at forest service symposium; Urban sustainability solutions on the agenda for Meeting of the Minds summit; Water sustainability, jobs, and housing on agenda for economic summit

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Department of Water Resources expands on response to Oroville Dam spillway forensic report

The state Department of Water Resources has beefed up its response to the independent forensic report on what caused the Oroville Dam spillway failure last year. The report, released on Jan. 5, described how insufficient maintenance and repairs and faulty original design allowed water to seep through the spillway’s cracks and joints. It also blamed “long-term systemic failure” on the part of DWR, regulators and the dam safety industry at large.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Fly over construction progress at the Oroville Dam spillway (video)

Construction crews are hard at work at the Lake Oroville Dam.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte DA’s suit against Department of Water Resources moves forward

A lawsuit filed by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey against the state Department of Water Resources over environmental damages resulting from the Oroville Dam spillway crisis is moving forward in court. Butte County Superior Court Judge Stephen Benson overruled DWR’s demurrer, which is essentially a plea to have a case dismissed, through a written ruling filed on May 31.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Comment period opens for draft list of awards for Statewide Flood Emergency Response Grant Program

The California Department of Water Resources is pleased to announce a 15-day public comment period for the Statewide Flood Emergency Response Grant Program Round 3, Draft List of Awards. After careful review of the applications received from the 2018 solicitation, DWR is proposing to provide funding for 25 grants as detailed in the draft list of awards.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Algae bloom in Lake Oroville reported safe

A bloom of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) has been found in the North Fork of Lake Oroville, but the Department of Water Resources and State Parks says water recreation, including swimming, is still safe. Still the public is advised to avoid the bloom, which is being monitored for toxins.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

ORAC asks feds for Forebay Aquatic Center improvements

The Oroville Recreation Advisory Committee has another request for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: this time, for improvements to the Forebay Aquatic Center and surrounding recreational area.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Oroville Dam crisis threatened bald eagle family

It was just over a year ago that the spillway at Oroville Dam nearly failed, threatening hundreds of thousands of lives. Today, crews continue to work daily to fix the damage. But it wasn’t just people and homes in danger.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam excavator operator sustains minor injuries

An excavator slid down the Oroville Dam spillway slope on Sunday morning, resulting in minor injuries to its operator, the state Department of Water Resources confirmed on Wednesday. Erin Mellon, assistant director of public affairs for DWR, said that the operator immediately got back to work after the accident, which is currently under investigation by the department and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., the lead contractor for the construction project.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Lake Oroville spillways construction update

Today [June 6] the Department of Water Resources (DWR) provided an update on construction-related activities for the Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project. Construction on the Main Spillway Controlled blasting demolition of the original 730 feet of the upper chute is complete. Crews are preparing the foundation for placement of structural concrete slabs and walls.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

(Literal) eagle eyes on the Oroville Dam spillway

Bald eagles booted out of their nest last year during the Oroville Dam spillway crisis have proven to be quite the resilient pair, making a new home for themselves and successfully hatching two little ones. During the incident last February, the state Department of Water Resources had to reroute powerlines that used to cross the spillway slope.

Western Water Gary Pitzer Layperson's Guide to the State Water Project Land Subsidence Gary Pitzer

State Taking Steps to Manage Subsidence-Related Impacts to California Aqueduct
Department of Water Resources to spend $5 million for quick fixes, as it assesses longer-term repairs

For as long as agriculture has existed in the Central Valley, farmers have pumped water from the ground to sustain their livelihood and grow food consumed by much of the nation. This has caused the ground in certain places to sink, sometimes dramatically, eliminating valuable aquifer storage space that can never be restored.

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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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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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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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DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Governor’s water action plan, NODOS on next water commission agenda
  • Proposed desalination amendments for ocean plan to be discussed next month
  • 2014 grant solicitation FAQs added to IRWM program site
  • Environmental justice grants available for safe drinking water projects
  • California farmland conversion trends detailed in new report
  • Agriculture and Land Stewardship Web site offers project strategies
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DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Documentary looks at the quest for safe drinking water in the Inyo-Mono region
  • Economic impacts of climate change detailed in Risky Business Project report
  • Water sessions to be included at international infrastructure conference
  • Desa
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News Release: Fourth of July Fireworks to Light Up Lake Oroville

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

Oroville Dam in Butte County will be the site of a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display presented by community organizations in cooperation with the Department of Water Resources.

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