NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board to consider climate change resolution at March 7 board meeting; Info and reminder regarding the measurement and reporting regulation; East Porterville residents urged to attend Feb 22 info meeting on water connection sign ups

State Water Board to consider climate change resolution at March 7 board meeting Comment deadline extended to March 3, 2017 by 12 noon From the State Water Board: State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) staff has released a draft resolution for a comprehensive response to climate change.  The draft resolution can be viewed at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/agendas/2017/feb/022217_8.pdf. The State Water […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Monday afternoon: Elevation hits 850′; work continues on erosion and removing the debris pile

Here’s the latest from today’s press conference: BILL CROYLE, Acting Director of the Department of Water Resources: “We took a little time off from the briefings; it was a good time for us to continue to focus on our efforts and get ready for the weather that’s come here today. I’m going to start with the numbers that we’re all […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Monday am: Pictures and video from the weekend as work continues

The Department of Water Resources increased outflow from the Oroville Dam flood control spillway yesterday, from 55,000cfs to 60,000cfs, in anticipation of the expected increase in inflows from the incoming storm.  Despite current inclement weather, work continues around the clock on placing rock, aggregate, and cement slurry continue to be placed into the erosion scars underneath the emergency spillway. The […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Saturday update: Lake elevations continue to drop; work continues on erosion 24 hours a day – with pictures, video

Here is the latest from Oroville Dam Saturday morning: From the Department of Water Resources: Lake elevations continue trending downward and have fallen more than 45 feet from the height of the emergency spillway. Outflows continue to outpace flow into the reservoir and the goal of achieving a reservoir depth of 850 feet remains a priority. As runoff flows into […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Friday noon update; Flows to further reduce as work continues to get Hyatt Power Plant back in operation

Here’s the latest from Oroville and the press conference at noon: BILL CROYLE, Department of Water Resources Acting Director I’m going to give you an update on the progress we’ve made in reducing our risks.  I want to remind people we are focused on maximizing public safety and reducing risk, and we are making significant progress along that line. First […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: LAO report on Resources/Environmental budget proposals; State Water Board launches human right to water web portal; State Water Contractors name Jennifer Pierre General Manager; Weekly water and climate report

Legislative Analyst’s Office releases report on Resources/Environmental budget proposals From the Legislative Analyst’s Office: In this report, we assess many of the Governor’s budget proposals in the resources and environmental protection areas and recommend various changes. Below, we summarize our major findings. We provide a complete listing of our recommendations at the end of this report. The Governor’s budget for […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Thursday noon: Work continues on mitigating erosion; Flows are starting to ramp down

Here’s the latest from the DWR press conference: BILL CROYLE, Acting Director of DWR: “What I want to do is run through the numbers for the day and status of a number of areas we’ve been talking about the last couple of days.  Our top priority in our unified command structure with the people you see before you and many […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Wednesday noon: Work continues to stabilize emergency spillway; Releases might be ramped down soon …

As the operations have settled in at Oroville Dam, the rhythm seems to be to have a daily press conference at noon, unless there are any new developments. Here’s what Acting Director Bill Croyle had to say at today’s conference: Mr. Croyle began the press conference by acknowledging the difficulty the community has gone through with incident and the evacuation […]

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Governor Brown issues statement on FEMA approval of Oroville spillway and January storm presidential disaster declaration requests

From the Office of the Governor: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement today after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved both recent gubernatorial requests for federal assistance – one to support the response to the situation at Oroville Dam and the other to help with the impacts of January storms: “I want to thank FEMA for moving quickly […]

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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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