Water & Drought

Water & Drought

Most California farm-water suppliers are breaking this law. Why doesn’t the state act?

California’s irrigation districts have largely ignored a 2007 state law that requires them to report how much water they’re delivering to farms.

Water & Drought

Watch a controlled blast at Oroville Dam spillway

The Department of Water Resources are using controlled blasting methods to break up intact rock on the slopes along the damaged gated flood control spillway at Oroville Dam. Crews report they're a week ahead of schedule, which is important with a wet season deadline that's just months away.

Water & Drought

See massive demolition work under way at Oroville spillway

With the spillway gates closed, Kiewit Infrastructure begins demolition work on the lower chute of the spillway. This area, shown on May 21, 2017, is known as “The Bridge” for the stretch of concrete that spans the erosion area beneath it. Reconstruction efforts will be conducted in phases, the Department of Water Resources said. This year’s work will focus on rebuilding the upper and lower portions of the main spillway and creating a cut-off wall on the emergency spillway. DWR's goal is to get systems in place by Nov. 1, 2017, to ensure safe management for the winter weather.

Videos

They're blasting away up at Oroville Dam spillway - watch

Here a look at three of the Department of Water Resources controlled blast on the lower spillway at Oroville Dam this week (May 24-25, 2017).
Department of Water Resources
They're blasting away up at Oroville Dam spillway - watch 1:04

They're blasting away up at Oroville Dam spillway - watch

Fly over Cache Creek where the land is beautiful, water plentiful 2:48

Fly over Cache Creek where the land is beautiful, water plentiful

Watch a controlled blast at Oroville Dam spillway 3:00

Watch a controlled blast at Oroville Dam spillway

Under reconstruction: Oroville Dam spillway like you've never seen it 1:22

Under reconstruction: Oroville Dam spillway like you've never seen it