Water & Drought

Water & Drought

What went wrong at Oroville? Congressional Democrats demand answers

Citing the near disaster at Oroville Dam, a group of congressional Democrats is pushing the government’s watchdog agency to investigate federal oversight of dam safety regulations. The group, including Rep. Doris Matsui of Sacramento and five other Californians, called on the Government Accountability Office to look into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s handling of the licensing of major dams.

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Company that made Folsom Dam safer lands job of fixing Oroville Dam

The company that built one of greater Sacramento’s most important flood-control projects in years will fix the damaged spillways at Oroville Dam, site of a near catastrophe two months ago. Kiewit Corp. of Omaha, Neb., beat two competitors for the right to repair the Oroville spillways, whose problems triggered the evacuation of 188,000 residents in February amid fears of massive flooding

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Despite Oroville problems, state water allocations rise

Allocations from the State Water Project jumped significantly Friday, April 14, 2017, despite enduring problems at the project’s largest reservoir. The Department of Water Resources announced that contractors north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will receive full allocations of water this year. Those south of the Delta, including the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, will get 85 percent of what they’ve requested.

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California’s water chief says he may release Oroville Dam documents after trying to keep them secret

California’s top water official said Thursday he’s considering releasing redacted copies of safety and progress reports at the troubled Oroville Dam after his office had tried to keep them secret because of terrorism concerns. Bill Croyle, the acting director of the Department of Water Resources, told reporters that his staff met for several hours Thursday with Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea to discuss which parts of the documents should be kept secret and which to release.

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Big L.A. water agency antes up for a share of Valley’s Sites Reservoir

The water agency that supplies drinking water to Los Angeles agreed Tuesday, April 11, 2017, to contribute $1.5 million toward the planning of Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley, giving the agency a toehold in a potentially valuable storage project. The board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, as expected, approved the expenditure by a unanimous vote.

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Jerry Brown’s administration blocks public review of Oroville Dam records

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is using federal security regulations written to thwart terrorism to deny public access to records that experts say could guide repairs to the Oroville Dam and provide insight into what led to the near catastrophic failure of its emergency spillway. The administration also is blocking public review of records that would show how Brown’s office handled the February crisis at Oroville Dam that led to the two-day evacuation of nearly 200,000 Northern Californians.

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State kept these Oroville Dam documents secret at first. Now they’ve partially released two of them

California officials released redacted reports Monday from outside engineering consultants who’ve been hired to oversee the repair of battered spillways at Oroville Dam. After weeks of enduring complaints from lawmakers and others about secrecy, the California Department of Water Resources disclosed a pair of memos from its board of consultants – four engineers advising DWR on the massive repair project.

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See dramatic changes from 2015-2017 in Truckee River water flow

"What a difference 2 years makes!" writes Jimmy Griffin, the resident who produced this impressive video, on his Facebook page. The video shows the dramatic increase of water on the Truckee River during the 2017 winter in Lake Tahoe, California, compared to 2015. It was a record-breaking year with over 700 inches of snow and 89.7 inches of rain in the Sacramento Valley.

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Groups demand transparency on Oroville Dam spillway repairs

A coalition of environmental groups that had argued Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway was fatally flawed long before it nearly washed away this winter is demanding federal regulators to open up repair plans for public vetting. In a filing Wednesday, April 19, 2017, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a coalition of environmental groups led by Sacramento-based Friends of the River also said it was concerned that the state Department of Water Resources is only going part way in repairing the emergency spillway.

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See dramatic changes from 2015-2017 in Truckee River water flow

"What a difference 2 years makes!" writes Jimmy Griffin, the resident who produced this impressive video, on his Facebook page. The video shows the dramatic increase of water on the Truckee River during the 2017 winter in Lake Tahoe, California, compared to 2015. It was a record-breaking year with over 700 inches of snow and 89.7 inches of rain in the Sacramento Valley.
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See dramatic changes from 2015-2017 in Truckee River water flow 1:46

See dramatic changes from 2015-2017 in Truckee River water flow

Beauty of Northern California - waterfalls, wildflowers and more - shown in this video near Oroville 3:00

Beauty of Northern California - waterfalls, wildflowers and more - shown in this video near Oroville

The historic drought is over, but tree mortality spreads around California 1:41

The historic drought is over, but tree mortality spreads around California

Press conference explaining the plan to fix Oroville Spillway 2:42

Press conference explaining the plan to fix Oroville Spillway