A gaping hole was discovered in the Oroville Dam main spillway on Feb. 7, 2017, marking the start of a crisis that eventually led to the evacuation of 188,000 downstream residents. A little over a year later, work continues between the emergency spillway weir and cut-off wall, prepping the ground for the splashpad.
Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, holds a press conference outside of the Capitol Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Oroville Dam evacuations and the passage of his bill to tighten dam inspection standards. Lawmakers unanimously approved Gallagher's Assembly Bill 1270 earlier in the day.
Sites Reservoir is a $5.1 billion project that would take water piped from the Sacramento River 14 miles away, and store 1.8 million acre-feet of water for participating water agencies throughout the Sacramento Valley and as far away as Southern California. Sacramento Valley Water provides the flyover video of the land where the reservoir would sit.
The Department of Water Resources has released a fly-over video of the State Water Project, the water storage and delivery system of reservoirs, aqueducts, power plants and pumping plants serving 25 million Californians and 750,000 acres of irrigated farmland. The video begins in Northern California.
The owners of the Sugar Pine Dam, the Foresthill Public Utilities District in Placer County, have been repeatedly told to repair failing sensors in the dam. District officials say the broken instruments don’t keep them from monitoring the dam.