NEWS WORTH NOTING: Camp Fire poses no threat to Oroville Dam; DWR and State Water Board release primer on 2018 water conservation and drought planning legislation

Camp Fire Poses No Threat to Oroville Dam

DWR Continues to Monitor the Incident

There is no threat to Oroville Dam. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is taking precautionary measures detailed below to ensure the safety of other water infrastructure including power plants and power lines.

DWR is just one of several state agencies and departments with employees and contractors personally impacted by these most recent wildfires. Those who have requested it have been given the ability to take leave to attend to their families. The Department will continue to maintain sufficient staffing to monitor the incident around the clock.

DWR is in close communication with CAL FIRE, OES and local emergency managers to track the status of this dynamic situation.

Oroville spillways and Thermalito construction operations have been shut down. DWR is taking precautionary measures to protect infrastructure including wetting down the potentially at-risk areas with water trucks, placing backup generators at key facilities in Oroville Field Division for the possibility of a power outage or loss of the powerlines due to the fires, and creating staffing plans to continue managing State Water Project operations remotely if Oroville Field Division staff and facilities are evacuated.

Our sympathies are with those impacted by the Camp Fire, particularly those who have lost their homes and loved ones. DWR values the strength and compassion of Butte County communities and salutes the heroic efforts of federal, state and local first responders.

For the latest fire conditions and evacuations, please visit www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents, for information regarding access to Lake Oroville Recreation Area refer to this press release from California State Parks at https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/852, and check air quality at www.airnow.gov.

DWR and State Water Board Release Primer on 2018 Water Conservation and Drought Planning Legislation

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) have released a final version of their summary document on the water conservation bills made into law in 2018.

Senate Bill 606 (Hertzberg) and Assembly Bill 1668 (Friedman) will improve water conservation and drought planning to help prepare California for longer, more intense droughts caused by climate change. The summary (called a primer) was designed to be a reference document for implementation of the complex 2018 legislation. Entitled Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life – Primer of 2018 Legislation on Water Conservation and Drought Planning, Senate Bill 606 (Hertzberg) and Assembly Bill 1668 (Friedman), the primer outlines the key authorities, requirements, timeline, roles, and responsibilities of State agencies, water suppliers, and other entities during implementation of actions described in the 2018 legislation.

It has undergone a public review period including three public stakeholder listening sessions around the State. Comments were also submitted via email. The comment period closed on September 14, 2018. DWR and the State Water Board have reviewed and addressed these public comments in this final version of the primer.

For more information on the new legislation and primer, visit the Making Conservation a Way of Life page.

 

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