State biologists spent Monday in the small channel below the Fremont Weir at the top of the Yolo Bypass trying to wrangle salmon, sturgeon and other fish that get stranded every year when floodwaters recede.
Ryan SabalowThe Sacramento Bee
Fremont Weir fish rescue underway in Yolo Bypass
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
The historic drought is over, but tree mortality spreads around California
Press conference explaining the plan to fix Oroville Spillway
Watch five years of April’s Sierra snowpack from space
Official word on April snowpack: 164% of average, or 46 inches of melted water
Watch water from beautiful lake in Plumas County flowing from spillway for first time since 1997
New look at Oroville Dam spillway after reopening
Whitewater flows as damaged Oroville Dam spillway is reopened
Watch the Oroville Dam spillway reopen
Oroville Dam spillway ready to run again: How DWR did it
A look at repair efforts at the Lake Oroville dam spillway
"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.
The North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, a 3,315-acre property located three miles north of Oroville, in Butte County, is seen from above in this drone video taken around April 15, 2017 . In addition to the wildflowers shown at this location in Butte County, waterfalls shown are Phantom Falls, Little Phantom Falls and Ravine Falls.
Tree mortality remains a long-term issue in California despite an end to the state’s historic drought of six-plus years. As a result of the drought and subsequent bark beetle infestations, more than 102 million trees have died. Cal OES takes a closer look at how the drought has affected tree mortality and what lies ahead.
Entering April 2017, the Sierra snowpack is 164 percent of normal. That’s a big difference from a few years ago – the snowpack was 6 percent of normal in on March 29, 2015. This series of satellite images shows the snow accumulation from space at roughly the same time of year for the past five years.
On Thursday, March 30, 2017 the state recorded 94 inches of snow at the Phillips Station off Highway 50 in the Sierra. Melted down, that would be the equivalent of 46 inches of water. The readings represent 183 percent of the long-term average at that particular measuring station. Statewide, the Sierra snowpack is 164 percent of average.
New video shows water coming down Oroville Dam's main spillway on March 21, 2017. The dam’s main spillway fractured Feb. 7, 2017, prompting a temporary shutdown of the structure as a big storm rolled in. On Wednesday, more than a month after a near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam sparked mass evacuations, Butte County’s sheriff Wednesday lifted an evacuation warning that had been in place for thousands of downstream residents.
After being closed to allow for assessment, repairs and dredging o the Feather River below, the Oroville Dam main spillway again is funneling water from fast-filling Lake Oroville. Releases roared down the still-compromised concrete chute on Friday, March 17, 2017.
Jennifer Harrison of Sacramento Valley Water interviews Matt Murray of the California Department of Water Resources about reopening the Oroville Dam spillway today, March 17, 2017. The fractured main spillway was set to resume outflows Friday after a three-week shutdown as state officials concentrate on reducing water levels at the troubled reservoir.
In a new test of Oroville Dam’s battered infrastructure, water resumed flowing down the fractured main spillway Friday, March 17, 2017, after a three-week shutdown, as state officials concentrate on reducing water levels at the troubled reservoir.
Images from the state Department of Water Resources show round-the-clock work the week of March 11-17, 2017 at Oroville Dam. A giant fracture developed in Oroville Dam’s main spillway during a heavy storm earlier this year. Five days later, water flowed over the dam’s emergency spillway for the first time, nearly causing the hillside below to fail. Approximately 188,000 downstream residents were evacuated for two days.
Live Oak farmer Phillip Filter on the devastated riverbank along the Feather River,which sloughed into the channel last week when engineers throttled back the heavy flows form Oroville Dam's badly damaged spillway and caused this damage to his property in Sutter County.
Restart of the hydroelectric plant on Friday, March, 3, 2017, was seen as an important step in the rehabilitation of troubled Oroville Dam. The plant was shut down over the weekend but was fired up again the evening of Sunday, March 5, 2017.