The local oversight committee spearheaded by Assemblyman James Gallagher and Sen. Jim Nielsen had some suggestions this week for the state Department of Water Resources on its assessment of the Oroville Dam. This comes about a month after the committee met for the first time on July 18.
When the weather is hot in California there is nothing better than cooling off with a refreshing swim in one of the state’s majestic lakes and reservoirs. The State Water Project (SWP), operated by DWR, offers swimming, waterskiing, and boating opportunities at its lakes and reservoirs – from Lake Oroville in the north to Lake Perris in the south.
DWR’s video team just produced a new video of the Oroville spillways reconstruction work offering the audience an opportunity to experience the content in 360 degrees. … Thanks to the 360-degree technology, people watching the video can pan around and see the Oroville spillway construction site from different angles and vantages.
Eighteen months after the dramatic failure of the spillways at Oroville Dam in Northern California, a disaster that led to the evacuation of 188,000 people, construction is on schedule to complete the concrete work in the main spillway by Nov. 1. … On Monday, Lake Oroville was 51 percent full, or 73 percent of its historic average for this date.
Today [Aug. 10] , the Department of Water Resources (DWR) urged people to avoid physical contact with the water at San Luis Reservoir in Merced County until further notice and avoid eating fish from the lake due to presence of blue-green algae. Boating is allowed, but swimming and other water-contact recreation and sporting activities are not considered safe under the danger advisory announced today due to potential adverse health effects. A warning level advisory had been in place at the reservoir since July 19.
The Department of Water Resources issued a warning on Friday for those visiting San Luis Reservoir in Merced County: Don’t go in the water. This is based on the potential health risks associated with cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, blooms that accumulate into mats of scum and foam floating on the surface and along the shoreline.
Crews have begun to place the final layer of concrete this week on the upper portion of the Oroville Dam spillway chute. This marks a “crucial milestone,” said Tony Meyers, project manager for the recovery project for the state Department of Water Resources, in a moderated media call on Wednesday.
Today [August 8] the Department of Water Resources (DWR) provided an update on construction-related activities for the Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project. Construction on the Main Spillway Placement of erosion-resistant concrete, or ERC, structural slabs began Monday, Aug. 6, on the uppermost 730 feet of upper chute. Placement of ERC structural walls is anticipated to start later this month. This section of upper chute is 45 percent complete.
This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes: Adaptation forum will cover strategies for creating resilient communities; Two-day workshop will include a close look at California’s climate change assessment; The potential of delta salinization to be discussed during Davis symposium; California’s new laws on water use goals to be addressed during webinar; White paper explores the development of cash reserve policies for utilities; Comments being accepted on draft plan for protecting California’s marine areas; New management plan for Inyo National Forest will cover 10–15 years
The newly opened stretch of Oro Dam Boulevard East with views of [Oroville Dam] spillway construction will be reduced to one lane of traffic starting on Wednesday. Just one lane will be open on portions of Oro Dam Boulevard East and Glen Drive as crews install underground power lines
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has embarked on a novel approach to boost the Delta smelt population in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Starting August 1, DWR will begin directing more fresh water flow into the vast Suisun Marsh, south of Fairfield, to preserve a habitat for the small endangered fish.
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.
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.