OROVILLE DAM, Tuesday 2PM: Evacuation order lifted; Reservoir levels continue to drop

Coverage from the press conference, 2/14/17 at 1pm: KORY HONEA, Butte County Sheriff “I want to begin by saying the actions of many dedicated caring and courageous people on the afternoon of February 12th, 2017 resulted in a victory on two fronts.  As a stark reminder, the forces of Mother Nature can create emergency situations requiring swift immediate action.  First, […]

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REACTIONS: Legislators, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Restore the Delta comment on the Oroville Dam situation

Bipartisan Group of Delta Legislators Release Statement on Alarming Oroville Dam Situation From the Office of Assemblyman Jim Frazier: Today, members* of the Delta Caucus released the following statement regarding the hazardous situation at Oroville Dam after The Mercury News reported that previous concerns about the safety of the Dam’s current infrastructure were ignored: “We are concerned that a clear […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Saturday afternoon: Water flows over Oroville emergency spillway

Here are the latest pictures from DWR.  I will update this post with more pictures as I find them. Also note that the emergency spillway has been renamed to ‘auxiliary spillway’. “Water flows over the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam on Saturday, February 11, 2017, after the lake level exceeded 901 feet elevation above sea level. The volume of water […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Friday afternoon update: Photo gallery of Oroville Dam Spillway from today

The California Department of Water Resources boosted the water release from 40,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 65,000 cfs with hopes that they can avoid the use of the emergency spillway at the Lake Oroville and Oroville Dam site in Butte County. Whether the emergency spillway is used or not, Oroville Dam itself is sound and there is no […]

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OROVILLE DAM: Friday early AM update: Oroville Dam emergency spillway expected to be used as soon as early Saturday

From the Department of Water Resources: As it manages storm inflow to Lake Oroville with a main spillway damaged by erosion, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced late Thursday that the reservoir’s emergency spillway likely will be used, perhaps as soon as the early hours of Saturday. In that event, total discharges from the reservoir would be consistent […]

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Your input needed to help shape the update to the California Water Plan

Do you have opinions about sustainable water management in California? Here is your opportunity to have your say and help shape the state’s overall water planning document. From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is working on Update 2018 of the California Water Plan (Update 2018). Central to this Update is an assessment of how […]

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Environmental and conservation groups submit comments on California Water Fix Final EIR/EIS

“Talking Points and Unfounded Assertions”: Environmental Water Caucus finds Delta Tunnels Final EIR Lacking From the Environmental Water Caucus via Restore the Delta: On January 27, 2017 the Environmental Water Caucus submitted their comments on the Final Delta Tunnels EIR/EIS. Read the comments here. In summary: EWC continues to object to and reject approval of the California WaterFix project and […]

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Article to note: Westlands’ irrigation drainage deal gets extended for one year so Congress can act

This just in from Mc Clatchy DC: “Westlands Water District and Justice Department officials have given themselves, and Congress, another year to finish a controversial irrigation drainage plan.  In a new court filing, attorneys for the government and the Rhode Island-sized water district conceded that Congress had failed to meet the Jan. 15 deadline for legislation. They noted they had […]

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CALIFORNIA WEATHER BLOG: New series of storms to bring renewed California flood concerns, especially in south

An remarkably wet and active January so far, especially in the north From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: A very wet and stormy period over the past month in California has brought about a dramatic reversal in fortunes in many drought-stricken regions. A series of very moist “atmospheric river” systems brought copious precipitation–in some of the typically wet mountain regions, […]

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REACTIONS to Secretary Jewell’s secretarial order directing federal actions on Cal Water Fix and the drought

Yesterday, Secretary Jewell issued a Secretarial order, directing a number of things, including directing federal fish agencies to finish their work on the biological opinions for the California Water Fix by March of this year. From Californians for Water Security: Today, Californians for Water Security issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s actions accelerating environmental reviews of […]

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