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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:05:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 https://mavensnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/cropped-Logo3-32x32.jpg MAVEN'S NOTEBOOK | Water news https://mavensnotebook.com 32 32 Governor Brown Takes Action to Bolster Dam Safety and Repair Transportation and Water Infrastructure https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/24/governor-brown-takes-action-to-bolster-dam-safety-and-repair-transportation-and-water-infrastructure/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/24/governor-brown-takes-action-to-bolster-dam-safety-and-repair-transportation-and-water-infrastructure/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:04:15 +0000 http://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58977 From the Office of the Governor: With extreme weather putting increasing stress on California’s roads, bridges and flood control system, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a series of immediate and longer-term actions to bolster dam safety, improve flood protection and fix the state’s aging transportation and water infrastructure. “Recent storms have pounded the state of California resulting in [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/24/governor-brown-takes-action-to-bolster-dam-safety-and-repair-transportation-and-water-infrastructure/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST: Outflow reduced as Lake Oroville inches down; Skiing on July 4. More rain than Seattle. Yes, the drought is receding; Extended break from rain and snow in California may follow after two storms next week; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/24/daily-digest-outflow-reduced-as-lake-oroville-inches-down-skiing-on-july-4-more-rain-than-seattle-yes-the-drought-is-receding-extended-break-from-rain-and-snow-in-california-may-follow-after-t/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/24/daily-digest-outflow-reduced-as-lake-oroville-inches-down-skiing-on-july-4-more-rain-than-seattle-yes-the-drought-is-receding-extended-break-from-rain-and-snow-in-california-may-follow-after-t/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:45:36 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58648 In California water news today, Outflow reduced as Lake Oroville inches down; U. S. Senator Kamala Harris tours damaged Oroville Dam; Rural California levees besieged by pounding wet winter; Skiing on July 4.  More rain than Seattle.  Yes, the drought is receding; California drought levels at lowest levels since 2011; Extended break from rain and snow in California may follow [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/24/daily-digest-outflow-reduced-as-lake-oroville-inches-down-skiing-on-july-4-more-rain-than-seattle-yes-the-drought-is-receding-extended-break-from-rain-and-snow-in-california-may-follow-after-t/feed/ 0 NEWS WORTH NOTING: Legislative hearings to examine Oroville Dam crisis, forest health; 5 things to know about the State Water Board’s climate change resolution; Delta Stewardship Council launches Admin Performance Measures Dashboard; Weekly water & climate report https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/24/news-worth-noting-legislative-hearings-to-examine-oroville-dam-crisis-forest-health-5-things-to-know-about-the-state-water-boards-climate-change-resolution-delta-stewardship-council-launches-adm/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/24/news-worth-noting-legislative-hearings-to-examine-oroville-dam-crisis-forest-health-5-things-to-know-about-the-state-water-boards-climate-change-resolution-delta-stewardship-council-launches-adm/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:14:33 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58904 Legislative hearings next week to examine Oroville Dam crisis, forest health The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water will hold two hearings next week.  On Monday, The Senate Committee will hold a joint hearing with the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on tree mortality, forest health, and prescribed fire.  The hearing will be held in the State Capitol Room 4202 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/24/news-worth-noting-legislative-hearings-to-examine-oroville-dam-crisis-forest-health-5-things-to-know-about-the-state-water-boards-climate-change-resolution-delta-stewardship-council-launches-adm/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST: Lake Oroville water level on the decline; Brown makes unannounced visit; Why floodplains could be California’s buffer against climate extremes; Is California on pace for the wettest year ever? and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/daily-digest-lake-oroville-water-level-on-the-decline-brown-makes-unannounced-visit-why-floodplains-could-be-californias-buffer-against-climate-extremes-is-california-on-pace-for-the-wettest-yea/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/daily-digest-lake-oroville-water-level-on-the-decline-brown-makes-unannounced-visit-why-floodplains-could-be-californias-buffer-against-climate-extremes-is-california-on-pace-for-the-wettest-yea/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:45:40 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58649 In California water news today, Lake Oroville water level on the decline; Brown makes unannounced visit; PG&E power lines rerouted at Oroville spillway; Amid Oroville emergency, California legislature moves to make flood control fixes; Why floodplains could be California’s buffer against climate extremes; Is California on pace for the wettest year ever? We’ll have to wait and see, says one [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/daily-digest-lake-oroville-water-level-on-the-decline-brown-makes-unannounced-visit-why-floodplains-could-be-californias-buffer-against-climate-extremes-is-california-on-pace-for-the-wettest-yea/feed/ 0 Broad group of farmers express concerns over State Water Board’s approach to flows https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/broad-group-of-farmers-express-concerns-over-state-water-boards-approach-to-flows/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/broad-group-of-farmers-express-concerns-over-state-water-boards-approach-to-flows/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:36:53 +0000 http://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58948 The State Water Board should focus on functional flows, not unimpaired flows, they say In a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board, a broad group of Central Valley farmers have expressed concerns over the Board’s use of unimpaired flows in the proposals for phase 1 and 2 of the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan. The State Water [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/broad-group-of-farmers-express-concerns-over-state-water-boards-approach-to-flows/feed/ 0 BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Lost in translation: The art of interpreting complex science for policymakers https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/lost-in-translation-the-art-of-interpreting-complex-science-for-policymakers/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/lost-in-translation-the-art-of-interpreting-complex-science-for-policymakers/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:37:16 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58078 Effectively communicating complex science to policy- and decision-makers is critical for managing the Delta, but the science needs to be useful as well as usable.  The State of Bay-Delta Science (SBDS) is a synthesis of current scientific understanding of the Bay-Delta; it brings together progress on key research questions, identifies knowledge gaps, and explores policy implications of current science and [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/lost-in-translation-the-art-of-interpreting-complex-science-for-policymakers/feed/ 0 SCIENCE NEWS: Stormy weather: How the USGS goes to work monitoring its effects; Atmospheric rivers found to carry more wind than thought; NASA: Snow science in support of our nation’s water supply; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/science-news-stormy-weather-how-the-usgs-goes-to-work-monitoring-its-effects-atmospheric-rivers-found-to-carry-more-wind-than-thought-nasa-snow-science-in-support-of-our-nations-water-supply-a/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/science-news-stormy-weather-how-the-usgs-goes-to-work-monitoring-its-effects-atmospheric-rivers-found-to-carry-more-wind-than-thought-nasa-snow-science-in-support-of-our-nations-water-supply-a/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:10:17 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58694 In science news this week: Stormy weather: How the USGS goes to work monitoring its effects; Atmospheric rivers found to carry more wind than thought; NASA: Snow science in support of our nation’s water supply; The secret of scientists who impact policy; Sum of their parts: Researchers use math to foster environmental protection; and Surface Water Mapping Tool Stormy weather: [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/23/science-news-stormy-weather-how-the-usgs-goes-to-work-monitoring-its-effects-atmospheric-rivers-found-to-carry-more-wind-than-thought-nasa-snow-science-in-support-of-our-nations-water-supply-a/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST: DWR wants to stop Oroville spillway flow, doesn’t know when it can; FERC OKs Board of Consultants, orders faster forensic review of Oroville Dam; California’s wet weather has some believing the drought is over; Trump’s CA water promises; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/22/daily-digest-dwr-wants-to-stop-oroville-spillway-flow-doesnt-know-when-it-can-ferc-oks-board-of-consultants-orders-faster-forensic-review-of-oroville-dam-californias-wet-weather-has-some-beli/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/22/daily-digest-dwr-wants-to-stop-oroville-spillway-flow-doesnt-know-when-it-can-ferc-oks-board-of-consultants-orders-faster-forensic-review-of-oroville-dam-californias-wet-weather-has-some-beli/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:45:43 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58650 In California water news today, DWR wants to stop Oroville spillway flow, doesn’t know when it can; Oroville Dam holding steady below flood stage; FERC OKs Board of Consultants, orders faster forensic review of Oroville Dam; Oroville hoping to turn dam crisis into tourism opportunity; This year’s floods may be good for California’s salmon; Powerful storms continue to batter Northern [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/22/daily-digest-dwr-wants-to-stop-oroville-spillway-flow-doesnt-know-when-it-can-ferc-oks-board-of-consultants-orders-faster-forensic-review-of-oroville-dam-californias-wet-weather-has-some-beli/feed/ 0 PANEL DISCUSSION: The State Water Board’s 2015 curtailment notices and proceedings against BBID and WSID https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/22/panel-discussion-the-state-water-boards-2015-curtailment-notices-and-proceedings-against-bbid-and-wsid/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/22/panel-discussion-the-state-water-boards-2015-curtailment-notices-and-proceedings-against-bbid-and-wsid/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:14:52 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58465 In 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board sent curtailment notices to pre- and post- 1914 water rights holders based on water availability analyses for different watersheds.  A Division of Water Rights prosecution team pursued two separate enforcement actions in front of the Board – one Cease and Desist Order and one Administrative Civil Liability Complaint – against two districts [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/22/panel-discussion-the-state-water-boards-2015-curtailment-notices-and-proceedings-against-bbid-and-wsid/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST: Continued erosion of Oroville Dam’s main spillway part of ‘normal process’, officials say; Dams remain in line for bulk of funding over cheaper alternatives; Don Pedro Reservoir spillway opens for the first time in 20 years; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/daily-digest-continued-erosion-of-oroville-dams-main-spillway-part-of-normal-process-officials-say-dams-remain-in-line-for-bulk-of-funding-over-cheaper-alternatives-don-pedro-reservoir-spil/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/daily-digest-continued-erosion-of-oroville-dams-main-spillway-part-of-normal-process-officials-say-dams-remain-in-line-for-bulk-of-funding-over-cheaper-alternatives-don-pedro-reservoir-spil/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:45:48 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58651 In California water news today, Lake Oroville level expected to fluctuate with the rains; Continued erosion of Oroville Dam’s main spillway part of ‘normal process’, officials say; Despite Oroville crisis, California has the ‘Cadillac’ of dam safety programs; Not just Oroville; More Northern California infrastructure that need fixes; Dams remain in line for bulk of funding over cheaper alternatives; ‘Farmers [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/daily-digest-continued-erosion-of-oroville-dams-main-spillway-part-of-normal-process-officials-say-dams-remain-in-line-for-bulk-of-funding-over-cheaper-alternatives-don-pedro-reservoir-spil/feed/ 0 CA WATER COMMISSION: Update on development of water loss audit regulation, Water Storage Investment Program timeline https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/ca-water-commission-update-on-development-of-water-loss-audit-regulation-water-storage-investment-program-timeline/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/ca-water-commission-update-on-development-of-water-loss-audit-regulation-water-storage-investment-program-timeline/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:10:46 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58737 With the passage of SB-555 in October 2015, all urban retail water suppliers in the state are required to submit a validated water loss audit annually to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) beginning October 2017.  As a result of the legislation, DWR is developing regulations for the requirements for water loss audits and their submission. The 9-member Commission is [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/ca-water-commission-update-on-development-of-water-loss-audit-regulation-water-storage-investment-program-timeline/feed/ 0 BLOG ROUND-UP: What Central Valley farmers wish to tell their city counterparts; Sports guy in water war; Yesterday’s dams face tomorrow’s hydrology; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/blog-round-up-what-central-valley-farmers-wish-to-tell-their-city-counterparts-sports-guy-in-water-war-yesterdays-dams-face-tomorrows-hydrology-and-more/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/blog-round-up-what-central-valley-farmers-wish-to-tell-their-city-counterparts-sports-guy-in-water-war-yesterdays-dams-face-tomorrows-hydrology-and-more/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:00:01 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58625 What Central Valley farmers wish to tell their city counterparts:  Christine Su writes, “I’m a San Francisco resident who works with farmers and ranchers all over the country. In urban and rural communities alike, I meet mostly warm, hardworking, thoughtful, lovable individuals. I often wonder how to bridge the cultural distance between rural and urban Americans that feels so much [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/blog-round-up-what-central-valley-farmers-wish-to-tell-their-city-counterparts-sports-guy-in-water-war-yesterdays-dams-face-tomorrows-hydrology-and-more/feed/ 0 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 https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/news-worth-noting-information-and-reminder-regarding-the-measurement-and-reporting-regulation-east-porterville-residents-urged-to-attend-february-22-informational-meeting-on-water-connection-sign-up/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/news-worth-noting-information-and-reminder-regarding-the-measurement-and-reporting-regulation-east-porterville-residents-urged-to-attend-february-22-informational-meeting-on-water-connection-sign-up/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:34:40 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58623 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/news-worth-noting-information-and-reminder-regarding-the-measurement-and-reporting-regulation-east-porterville-residents-urged-to-attend-february-22-informational-meeting-on-water-connection-sign-up/feed/ 0 CALENDAR NOTES: CA Water: Recipes for Success; Public Workshops for the Delta Plan Amendment for Conveyance, Storage and Operations; Water stress and a changing San Joaquin Valley; McGeorge Water Law Symposium: The State Water Board Turns 50 https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/calendar-notes-ca-water-recipes-for-success-public-workshops-for-the-delta-plan-amendment-for-conveyance-storage-and-operations-water-stress-and-a-changing-san-joaquin-valley-mcgeorge-water-law/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/calendar-notes-ca-water-recipes-for-success-public-workshops-for-the-delta-plan-amendment-for-conveyance-storage-and-operations-water-stress-and-a-changing-san-joaquin-valley-mcgeorge-water-law/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:45:11 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58628 California Water: Recipes for Success March 2nd, Davis Please join UC Water and California Institute for Water Resources for a workshop focused on what we are doing well in California water. This one-day event will bring together examples of successful water management from a diversity of locations, scales, and water sectors in California. The morning will involve brief presentations and [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/21/calendar-notes-ca-water-recipes-for-success-public-workshops-for-the-delta-plan-amendment-for-conveyance-storage-and-operations-water-stress-and-a-changing-san-joaquin-valley-mcgeorge-water-law/feed/ 0 OROVILLE DAM, Monday afternoon: Elevation hits 850′; work continues on erosion and removing the debris pile https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/this-just-in-oroville-dam-monday-afternoon-elevation-hits-850-work-continues-on-erosion-and-removing-the-debris-pile/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/this-just-in-oroville-dam-monday-afternoon-elevation-hits-850-work-continues-on-erosion-and-removing-the-debris-pile/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:28:56 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58851 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/this-just-in-oroville-dam-monday-afternoon-elevation-hits-850-work-continues-on-erosion-and-removing-the-debris-pile/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST, Presidents Day edition: Oroville Dam releases increase ahead of heavy rains; Disturbing deficiencies seen in California’s dam safety efforts; Will Don Pedro spill?; Flood fears renewed as California braces for another storm; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/daily-digest-presidents-day-edition-oroville-dam-releases-increase-ahead-of-heavy-rains-disturbing-deficiencies-seen-in-californias-dam-safety-efforts-will-don-pedro-spill-flood-fears-renewed/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/daily-digest-presidents-day-edition-oroville-dam-releases-increase-ahead-of-heavy-rains-disturbing-deficiencies-seen-in-californias-dam-safety-efforts-will-don-pedro-spill-flood-fears-renewed/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:45:52 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58652 In California water news today, Oroville Dam releases increase ahead of heavy rains; Oroville Dam is about to face its next big test as new storm moves into the area; Damage to Oroville’s main spillway ‘was an accident waiting to happen’; Disturbing deficiencies seen in California’s dam safety efforts; ‘Flood fighting is in our DNA’: To live by the Feather [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/daily-digest-presidents-day-edition-oroville-dam-releases-increase-ahead-of-heavy-rains-disturbing-deficiencies-seen-in-californias-dam-safety-efforts-will-don-pedro-spill-flood-fears-renewed/feed/ 0 OROVILLE DAM, Monday am: Pictures and video from the weekend as work continues https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/oroville-dam-monday-am-pictures-and-video-from-the-weekend-as-work-continues/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/oroville-dam-monday-am-pictures-and-video-from-the-weekend-as-work-continues/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:32:37 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58809 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/oroville-dam-monday-am-pictures-and-video-from-the-weekend-as-work-continues/feed/ 0 RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for February 20, 2017 https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/reservoir-and-water-conditions-for-february-20-2017/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/reservoir-and-water-conditions-for-february-20-2017/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:24:25 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58765 Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions: For even more reservoir and water conditions, visit the Notebook’s Water and Hydrology Internet Resources page. Sign up for daily email service and you’ll never miss a post! Sign up for daily emails and get all the Notebook’s aggregated and original water news content delivered to your email box by 9AM. Breaking [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/20/reservoir-and-water-conditions-for-february-20-2017/feed/ 0 CALIFORNIA WEATHER BLOG: Potentially dangerous flood event this week across wide swath of Northern California https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/19/california-weather-blog-potentially-dangerous-flood-event-this-week-across-wide-swath-of-northern-california/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/19/california-weather-blog-potentially-dangerous-flood-event-this-week-across-wide-swath-of-northern-california/#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:35:49 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58727 From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “On the heels of a strong, damaging, and deadly Southern California storm on Friday, a new and powerful storm is bearing down upon Northern California. A deepening low pressure system just off the California coast will drag an extremely moist plume of subtropical moisture over the northern half of the state, bringing [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/19/california-weather-blog-potentially-dangerous-flood-event-this-week-across-wide-swath-of-northern-california/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: Oroville Dam spillway flows reduced, rain on the way; Two dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs; Bill introduced to take high speed rail money for completing the SWP; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/19/daily-digest-weekend-edition-oroville-dam-spillway-flows-reduced-rain-on-the-way-two-dams-illustrate-challenge-of-maintaining-older-designs-bill-introduced-to-take-high-speed-rail-money-for-compl/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/19/daily-digest-weekend-edition-oroville-dam-spillway-flows-reduced-rain-on-the-way-two-dams-illustrate-challenge-of-maintaining-older-designs-bill-introduced-to-take-high-speed-rail-money-for-compl/#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:53:26 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58617 In California water news this weekend, Oroville Dam spillway flows reduced; rain on the way; Releasing water at Oroville Dam still a lingering problem; Oroville Dam: Cause of emergency won’t be known for a long time, state says; Two dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs; Another California dam grapples with flood danger; Oroville shows importance of flood insurance; Assemblyman [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/19/daily-digest-weekend-edition-oroville-dam-spillway-flows-reduced-rain-on-the-way-two-dams-illustrate-challenge-of-maintaining-older-designs-bill-introduced-to-take-high-speed-rail-money-for-compl/feed/ 0 OROVILLE DAM, Saturday update: Lake elevations continue to drop; work continues on erosion 24 hours a day – with pictures, video https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/18/oroville-dam-saturday-update-lake-elevations-continue-to-drop-work-continues-on-erosion-24-hours-a-day-with-pictures-video/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/18/oroville-dam-saturday-update-lake-elevations-continue-to-drop-work-continues-on-erosion-24-hours-a-day-with-pictures-video/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:00:05 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58665 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/18/oroville-dam-saturday-update-lake-elevations-continue-to-drop-work-continues-on-erosion-24-hours-a-day-with-pictures-video/feed/ 2 OROVILLE DAM, Friday noon update; Flows to further reduce as work continues to get Hyatt Power Plant back in operation https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/this-just-in-oroville-dam-friday-noon-update-flows-to-further-reduce-as-work-continues-to-get-hyatt-power-plant-back-in-operation/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/this-just-in-oroville-dam-friday-noon-update-flows-to-further-reduce-as-work-continues-to-get-hyatt-power-plant-back-in-operation/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:04:19 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58592 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/this-just-in-oroville-dam-friday-noon-update-flows-to-further-reduce-as-work-continues-to-get-hyatt-power-plant-back-in-operation/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST: Tiny bubbles a possible culprit in Oroville Dam spillway failure; ‘Biggest storm of winter’ to unleash flooding rain at week’s end; The Endangered Species Act may be headed for the threatened list; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/daily-digest-tiny-bubbles-a-possible-culprit-in-oroville-dam-spillway-failure-biggest-storm-of-winter-to-unleash-flooding-rain-at-weeks-end-the-endangered-species-act-may-be-headed-for-the-t/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/daily-digest-tiny-bubbles-a-possible-culprit-in-oroville-dam-spillway-failure-biggest-storm-of-winter-to-unleash-flooding-rain-at-weeks-end-the-endangered-species-act-may-be-headed-for-the-t/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:45:37 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58151 In California water news today, Oroville Dam spillway releases being reduced; Tiny bubbles a possible culprit in Oroville Dam spillway failure; Oroville Dam: ‘The threat level – it is much, much lower’; ‘Biggest storm of winter’ to unleash flooding rain at week’s end; Erosion, high flows from storms benefit native species; Butte County petitions feds to order state to reimburse [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/daily-digest-tiny-bubbles-a-possible-culprit-in-oroville-dam-spillway-failure-biggest-storm-of-winter-to-unleash-flooding-rain-at-weeks-end-the-endangered-species-act-may-be-headed-for-the-t/feed/ 0 BLOG ROUND-UP, the dam special edition: Why Trump should not fund an Oroville Dam fix; Mother Nature, Oroville Dam, and lessons for California; What the Oroville Dam crisis tells us about natural infrastructure; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/blog-round-up-the-dam-special-edition-why-trump-should-not-fund-an-oroville-dam-fix-mother-nature-oroville-dam-and-lessons-for-california-what-the-oroville-dam-crisis-tells-us-about-natural-infr/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/blog-round-up-the-dam-special-edition-why-trump-should-not-fund-an-oroville-dam-fix-mother-nature-oroville-dam-and-lessons-for-california-what-the-oroville-dam-crisis-tells-us-about-natural-infr/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:49:04 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58455 A harrowing week in the Sacramento Valley:  The Northern California Water Association blog writes, “The events surrounding Oroville Dam this week have been a powerful reminder that the Sacramento Valley is a major floodplain and the water system is foremost a flood protection system, with public safety the first order of business. With nearly 200,000 people on the east side [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/blog-round-up-the-dam-special-edition-why-trump-should-not-fund-an-oroville-dam-fix-mother-nature-oroville-dam-and-lessons-for-california-what-the-oroville-dam-crisis-tells-us-about-natural-infr/feed/ 0 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 https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/news-worth-noting-lao-report-on-resourcesenvironmental-budget-proposals-state-water-board-launches-human-right-to-water-web-portal-state-water-contractors-name-jennifer-pierre-general-manager-wee/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/news-worth-noting-lao-report-on-resourcesenvironmental-budget-proposals-state-water-board-launches-human-right-to-water-web-portal-state-water-contractors-name-jennifer-pierre-general-manager-wee/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:39:05 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58529 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/17/news-worth-noting-lao-report-on-resourcesenvironmental-budget-proposals-state-water-board-launches-human-right-to-water-web-portal-state-water-contractors-name-jennifer-pierre-general-manager-wee/feed/ 0 CALIFORNIA WEATHER BLOG: Powerful Friday storm in Southern California; Warm & wet atmospheric river to affect Oroville Dam watershed Monday https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/california-weather-blog-powerful-friday-storm-in-southern-california-warm-wet-atmospheric-river-to-affect-oroville-dam-watershed-monday/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/california-weather-blog-powerful-friday-storm-in-southern-california-warm-wet-atmospheric-river-to-affect-oroville-dam-watershed-monday/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:31:18 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58537 From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: California is currently experiencing one of its wettest winters on record. Precipitation has been especially remarkable across the Northern Sierra watersheds, where liquid equivalent (rain+melted snow) is presently above 200% of average. Widespread flooding has already occurred across Northern California in recent weeks, and supersaturated soils are now leading to slope failures [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/california-weather-blog-powerful-friday-storm-in-southern-california-warm-wet-atmospheric-river-to-affect-oroville-dam-watershed-monday/feed/ 0 OROVILLE DAM, Thursday noon: Work continues on mitigating erosion; Flows are starting to ramp down https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/this-just-in-oroville-dam-thursday-noon-work-continues-on-mitigating-erosion-flows-are-starting-to-ramp-down/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/this-just-in-oroville-dam-thursday-noon-work-continues-on-mitigating-erosion-flows-are-starting-to-ramp-down/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:31:55 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58496 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/this-just-in-oroville-dam-thursday-noon-work-continues-on-mitigating-erosion-flows-are-starting-to-ramp-down/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST: Workers race to shore up eroded Oroville spillway while crisis puts focus on dam spillways – aging and some never tested; Questions swirl around scope of federal probe into California water districts; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/daily-digest-workers-race-to-shore-up-eroded-oroville-spillway-while-crisis-puts-focus-on-dam-spillways-aging-and-some-never-tested-questions-swirl-around-scope-of-federal-probe-into-california-wa/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/daily-digest-workers-race-to-shore-up-eroded-oroville-spillway-while-crisis-puts-focus-on-dam-spillways-aging-and-some-never-tested-questions-swirl-around-scope-of-federal-probe-into-california-wa/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:45:13 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58150 In California water news today, Workers race to shore up eroded spillway; Oroville Dam’s flood control manual hasn’t been updated in a half a century; Q&A with Stanford experts puts Oroville breach in context; Oroville Dam puts focus on dam spillways – aging and some never tested; Reclamation districts try to stay ahead of rain and seepage; Keeping California wet [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/daily-digest-workers-race-to-shore-up-eroded-oroville-spillway-while-crisis-puts-focus-on-dam-spillways-aging-and-some-never-tested-questions-swirl-around-scope-of-federal-probe-into-california-wa/feed/ 0 BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Advancing Tidal Wetland Restoration in a Regional Adaptive Management Framework https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/bay-delta-science-conference-advancing-tidal-wetland-restoration-in-a-regional-adaptive-management-framework/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/bay-delta-science-conference-advancing-tidal-wetland-restoration-in-a-regional-adaptive-management-framework/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:06:44 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=57927 Dr. Gerrit Platenkamp: Adaptive management in a regional context faces challenges with monitoring, experimentation, and adaptation At the Bay Delta Science Conference, Dr. Gerrit Platenkamp, Director of Biological Resources at ESA, gave this presentation on adaptive management and wetland restoration from a practitioner’s perspective.  “We’ve collectively worked on thousands of acres of tidal marsh restorations that have been put in [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/bay-delta-science-conference-advancing-tidal-wetland-restoration-in-a-regional-adaptive-management-framework/feed/ 0 SCIENCE NEWS: In the Sierra, new approaches to protecting forests under stress; Severe West Coast erosion during 2015-2016; New study identifies organic matter composition as a critical factor controlling mercury methylation; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/science-news-in-the-sierras-new-approaches-to-protecting-forests-under-stress-severe-west-coast-erosion-during-2015-2016-new-study-identifies-organic-matter-composition-as-a-critical-factor-contro/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/science-news-in-the-sierras-new-approaches-to-protecting-forests-under-stress-severe-west-coast-erosion-during-2015-2016-new-study-identifies-organic-matter-composition-as-a-critical-factor-contro/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:30:59 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58180 In science news this week: In the Sierras, new approaches to protecting forests under stress; Severe West Coast erosion during 2015-2016; Data on blue whales off California helps protect their distant relatives; Monarch overwintering numbers remain low in the West despite conservation efforts; New study identifies organic matter composition as a critical factor controlling mercury methylation; Why nature restoration takes [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/16/science-news-in-the-sierras-new-approaches-to-protecting-forests-under-stress-severe-west-coast-erosion-during-2015-2016-new-study-identifies-organic-matter-composition-as-a-critical-factor-contro/feed/ 0 OROVILLE DAM, Wednesday noon: Work continues to stabilize emergency spillway; Releases might be ramped down soon … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/this-just-in-oroville-dam-wednesday-noon-work-continues-to-stabilize-emergency-spillway-releases-might-be-ramped-down-soon/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/this-just-in-oroville-dam-wednesday-noon-work-continues-to-stabilize-emergency-spillway-releases-might-be-ramped-down-soon/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:38:07 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58458 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/this-just-in-oroville-dam-wednesday-noon-work-continues-to-stabilize-emergency-spillway-releases-might-be-ramped-down-soon/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST: Mandatory evacuations lifted for residents downstream of Oroville dam; Temperature management plan could cut yield from Shasta Lake; Audit finds oil companies illegally allowed to inject wastewater in protected waters; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/daily-digest-mandatory-evacuations-lifted-for-residents-downstream-of-oroville-dam-temperature-management-plan-could-cut-yield-from-shasta-lake-audit-finds-oil-companies-illegally-allowed-to-inject/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/daily-digest-mandatory-evacuations-lifted-for-residents-downstream-of-oroville-dam-temperature-management-plan-could-cut-yield-from-shasta-lake-audit-finds-oil-companies-illegally-allowed-to-inject/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:45:50 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58149 In California water news today, Mandatory evacuations lifted for residents downstream of Oroville dam; Spillway repairs not only project underway at Oroville Dam; Cracks may offer clues to California’s dam troubles; An ‘aggressive, proactive attack’ to prevent disaster at Oroville dam; A closer look at what to expect with upcoming storm; Oroville Dam: Evacuation order disrupts farming in affected area; [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/daily-digest-mandatory-evacuations-lifted-for-residents-downstream-of-oroville-dam-temperature-management-plan-could-cut-yield-from-shasta-lake-audit-finds-oil-companies-illegally-allowed-to-inject/feed/ 0 State Water Board to consider climate change resolution at upcoming meeting https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/state-water-board-to-consider-climate-change-resolution-at-upcoming-meeting/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/state-water-board-to-consider-climate-change-resolution-at-upcoming-meeting/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:38:33 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58416 The State Water Resources Control Board is set to consider adopting a resolution at their February 22nd board meeting that will further incorporate climate change considerations into water board actions. The State Water Board adopted a similar resolution in 2007 outlining the actions staff should take to respond to climate change and support the implementation of the state’s 2006 landmark [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/state-water-board-to-consider-climate-change-resolution-at-upcoming-meeting/feed/ 0 GUEST COMMENTARY: State Water Resources Control Board releases its first water-related climate change resolution https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/guest-commentary-state-water-resources-control-board-releases-its-first-water-related-climate-change-resolution/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/guest-commentary-state-water-resources-control-board-releases-its-first-water-related-climate-change-resolution/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:29:39 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58420 California Water Governance Takes Important Step Forward By Robert Shibatani The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released its new Resolution titled, “Comprehensive Response to Climate Change – Resolution No. 2017-XXX”.  This Resolution will, for the first time, provide SWRCB staff the opportunity to develop specific new guidance on the analytical methods, procedures, and permitting approvals associated with a wide [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/15/guest-commentary-state-water-resources-control-board-releases-its-first-water-related-climate-change-resolution/feed/ 0 Governor Brown issues statement on FEMA approval of Oroville spillway and January storm presidential disaster declaration requests https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/governor-brown-issues-statement-on-fema-approval-of-oroville-spillway-and-january-storm-presidential-disaster-declaration-requests/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/governor-brown-issues-statement-on-fema-approval-of-oroville-spillway-and-january-storm-presidential-disaster-declaration-requests/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:14:35 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58436 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/governor-brown-issues-statement-on-fema-approval-of-oroville-spillway-and-january-storm-presidential-disaster-declaration-requests/feed/ 0 OROVILLE DAM, Tuesday 2PM: Evacuation order lifted; Reservoir levels continue to drop https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/this-just-in-oroville-dam-tuesday-2pm-evacuation-order-lifted-reservoir-levels-continue-to-drop/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/this-just-in-oroville-dam-tuesday-2pm-evacuation-order-lifted-reservoir-levels-continue-to-drop/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:32:45 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58400 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, [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/this-just-in-oroville-dam-tuesday-2pm-evacuation-order-lifted-reservoir-levels-continue-to-drop/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST: Evacuations remain in effect along Feather River; lake level dropping as CA waits for answer from Trump on disaster aid; Paula Kehoe on pioneering on-site water reuse in cities; California farmers hope Congress and Trump can deliver irrigation drain deal; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/daily-digest-evacuations-remain-in-effect-along-feather-river-lake-level-dropping-as-ca-waits-for-answer-from-trump-on-disaster-aid-paula-kehoe-on-pioneering-on-site-water-reuse-in-cities-californ/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/daily-digest-evacuations-remain-in-effect-along-feather-river-lake-level-dropping-as-ca-waits-for-answer-from-trump-on-disaster-aid-paula-kehoe-on-pioneering-on-site-water-reuse-in-cities-californ/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:45:47 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58148 In California water news today, Evacuations remain in effect along Feather River; lake level dropping; Race to save badly damaged California dam spillway before MORE rainfall: Second storm is set to hit the tallest dam in America in 48 hours; California waits to hear from Trump on disaster aid request; Has this year’s record rain finally ended California’s drought?  Not [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/daily-digest-evacuations-remain-in-effect-along-feather-river-lake-level-dropping-as-ca-waits-for-answer-from-trump-on-disaster-aid-paula-kehoe-on-pioneering-on-site-water-reuse-in-cities-californ/feed/ 0 REACTIONS: Legislators, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Restore the Delta comment on the Oroville Dam situation https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/reactions-legislators-union-of-concerned-scientists-and-restore-the-delta-comment-on-the-oroville-dam-situation/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/reactions-legislators-union-of-concerned-scientists-and-restore-the-delta-comment-on-the-oroville-dam-situation/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:03:20 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58364 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/reactions-legislators-union-of-concerned-scientists-and-restore-the-delta-comment-on-the-oroville-dam-situation/feed/ 0 BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Before and After: Evaluating the effect of the 1995 Delta spring standards on actual outflows into San Francisco Bay https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/bay-delta-science-conference-before-and-after-evaluating-the-effect-of-the-1995-delta-spring-standards-on-actual-outflows-into-san-francisco-bay/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/bay-delta-science-conference-before-and-after-evaluating-the-effect-of-the-1995-delta-spring-standards-on-actual-outflows-into-san-francisco-bay/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:44:42 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=57931 Dr. Tina Swanson gives her analysis of the standard; has it really resulted in increased Delta outflow? Fresh water flowing into the Delta is highly contested and tightly managed. The current regulations for spring outflows were established in 1995, following a severe multi-year drought, lawsuits, fish population declines and several Endangered Species Act listings. These new standards were designed to [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/bay-delta-science-conference-before-and-after-evaluating-the-effect-of-the-1995-delta-spring-standards-on-actual-outflows-into-san-francisco-bay/feed/ 0 BLOG ROUND-UP: Reconciling conservation and human use in the Delta; Extended man-made drought; The hidden truth about Valley water; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/blog-round-up-reconciling-conservation-and-human-use-in-the-delta-extended-man-made-drought-the-hidden-truth-about-valley-water-and-more/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/blog-round-up-reconciling-conservation-and-human-use-in-the-delta-extended-man-made-drought-the-hidden-truth-about-valley-water-and-more/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:09:44 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58179 Reconciling conservation and human use in the Delta: John Durand, Peter Moyle, and Amber Manfree write, ” ...The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been extensively altered over the past 150 years. Major changes include manipulation of river flows, alien species invasions, conversion of wetlands to agriculture and, most recently, climate change. Changes have been incremental and slow enough that successive generations of [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/14/blog-round-up-reconciling-conservation-and-human-use-in-the-delta-extended-man-made-drought-the-hidden-truth-about-valley-water-and-more/feed/ 0 OROVILLE DAM, Monday 6PM: DWR working to fill erosion on emergency spillway https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/this-just-in-oroville-dam-monday-6pm-dwr-working-to-fill-erosion-on-emergency-spillway/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/this-just-in-oroville-dam-monday-6pm-dwr-working-to-fill-erosion-on-emergency-spillway/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:20:58 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58274 From the Department of Water Resources: Current Situation as 6:00pm February 13, 2017: The Department of Water Resources advises that the primary spillway continues to flow at 100,000 cfs and lake levels have dropped to 894’ feet. After evaluating the erosion on the emergency spillway, a plan was put in place to prevent further erosion. Utilizing trucks and helicopters, crews [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/this-just-in-oroville-dam-monday-6pm-dwr-working-to-fill-erosion-on-emergency-spillway/feed/ 0 DAILY DIGEST: Oroville dam: Feds and state ignored warnings 12 years ago and more dam news; Water managers try to bust drought using ground game; One year later, Erin Brockovich’s twin tunnels promise mostly empty; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/daily-digest-oroville-dam-feds-and-state-ignored-warnings-12-years-ago-and-more-dam-news-water-managers-try-to-bust-drought-using-ground-game-one-year-later-erin-brockovichs-twin-tunnels-promis/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/daily-digest-oroville-dam-feds-and-state-ignored-warnings-12-years-ago-and-more-dam-news-water-managers-try-to-bust-drought-using-ground-game-one-year-later-erin-brockovichs-twin-tunnels-promis/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:45:42 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58147 In California water news today, Oroville dam: Feds and state ignored warnings 12 years ago; Experts: State left with few options while trying to avert disaster at Oroville Dam; Another rainstorm headed to Oroville after a few days of sunshine; Oroville Dam: Crisis eases but more than 100,000 evacuated; Sacramento mayor says ‘no imminent threat’ to capital city if Oroville [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/daily-digest-oroville-dam-feds-and-state-ignored-warnings-12-years-ago-and-more-dam-news-water-managers-try-to-bust-drought-using-ground-game-one-year-later-erin-brockovichs-twin-tunnels-promis/feed/ 0 RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for February 13, 2017 https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/reservoir-and-water-conditions-for-february-13-2017/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/reservoir-and-water-conditions-for-february-13-2017/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:14:31 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58300 Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions: For even more reservoir and water conditions, visit the Notebook’s Water and Hydrology Internet Resources page. 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Breaking [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/reservoir-and-water-conditions-for-february-13-2017/feed/ 0 GUEST COMMENTARY: Twin tunnels prevent state from genuine water solutions, say Delta county reps https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/guest-commentary-twin-tunnels-prevent-state-from-genuine-water-solutions-say-delta-county-reps/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/guest-commentary-twin-tunnels-prevent-state-from-genuine-water-solutions-say-delta-county-reps/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:52:51 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58024 From Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli and Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas on behalf of the Delta Counties Coalition: This winter and spring may forever be known – like many fishermen would say – as “the one that got away.” Over the past two months, California has experienced a series of severe storms, which caused numerous cities and counties to [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/13/guest-commentary-twin-tunnels-prevent-state-from-genuine-water-solutions-say-delta-county-reps/feed/ 2 OROVILLE DAM, Sunday PM … Governor Brown Issues Emergency Order to Help Response to Situation at Oroville Dam https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/this-just-in-governor-brown-issues-emergency-order-to-help-response-to-situation-at-oroville-dam/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/this-just-in-governor-brown-issues-emergency-order-to-help-response-to-situation-at-oroville-dam/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:32:46 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58284 From the Office of the Governor: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency order tonight to bolster the state’s response to the situation at the Oroville Dam’s auxiliary spillway and support subsequent local evacuations. “I’ve been in close contact with emergency personnel managing the situation in Oroville throughout the weekend and it’s clear the circumstances are complex and rapidly [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/this-just-in-governor-brown-issues-emergency-order-to-help-response-to-situation-at-oroville-dam/feed/ 2 OROVILLE DAM, Sunday 11PM: Water stops flowing over emergency spillway; Water continuing to be released down main damaged spillway to draw lake level down https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/this-just-in-water-stops-flowing-over-emergency-spillway-water-continuing-to-be-released-down-main-damaged-spillway-to-draw-lake-level-down/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/this-just-in-water-stops-flowing-over-emergency-spillway-water-continuing-to-be-released-down-main-damaged-spillway-to-draw-lake-level-down/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:26:38 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58278 From the Department of Water Resources press conference, here are my notes from what Bill Croyle, Acting Director of DWR had to say: Water has stopped flowing over the emergency spillway.  Increasing the flow from 55,000 cfs to 100,000 cfs down the main spillway has taken the head off the auxiliary spillway; this was done to reduce and stop the [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/this-just-in-water-stops-flowing-over-emergency-spillway-water-continuing-to-be-released-down-main-damaged-spillway-to-draw-lake-level-down/feed/ 0 OROVILLE DAM, Sunday 6pm: Evacuations ordered for low-lying areas around Lake Oroville – now with pictures https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/this-just-in-evacuations-ordered-for-low-lying-areas-around-lake-oroville/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/this-just-in-evacuations-ordered-for-low-lying-areas-around-lake-oroville/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 02:26:16 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58241 From the Department of Water Resources: Based on information received from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the incident command team managing Lake Oroville, counties and cities near Lake Oroville and the surrounding area issued evacuation orders for residents.  The concern is that erosion at the head of the auxiliary spillway threatens to undermine the concrete weir and [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/this-just-in-evacuations-ordered-for-low-lying-areas-around-lake-oroville/feed/ 1 DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: Lake Oroville flows over emergency spillway, repairs could top $200M; Is CA overdue for biblical catastrophic flooding?; North Delta island levee lowered in hopes of avoiding downstream damage; and more … https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/daily-digest-weekend-edition-lake-oroville-flows-over-emergency-spillway-repairs-could-top-200m-is-ca-overdue-for-biblical-catastrophic-flooding-north-delta-island-levee-lowered-in-hopes-of-avo/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/daily-digest-weekend-edition-lake-oroville-flows-over-emergency-spillway-repairs-could-top-200m-is-ca-overdue-for-biblical-catastrophic-flooding-north-delta-island-levee-lowered-in-hopes-of-avo/#respond Sun, 12 Feb 2017 16:10:16 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58082 In California water news this weekend, Lake Oroville flows over its emergency spillway for the first time, repairs could top $200 million and more dam news; Is California overdue for biblical catastrophic flooding?; 215 billion gallons has poured into Shasta Lake since February 1; North Delta island levee lowered in hopes of avoiding downstream damage; Has California lost billions of [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/12/daily-digest-weekend-edition-lake-oroville-flows-over-emergency-spillway-repairs-could-top-200m-is-ca-overdue-for-biblical-catastrophic-flooding-north-delta-island-levee-lowered-in-hopes-of-avo/feed/ 0 OROVILLE DAM, Saturday PM update: Water continues down Oroville auxiliary spillway; Flows are within downstream capacity https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/11/oroville-dam-saturday-pm-update-water-continues-down-oroville-auxiliary-spillway-flows-are-within-downstream-capacity/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/11/oroville-dam-saturday-pm-update-water-continues-down-oroville-auxiliary-spillway-flows-are-within-downstream-capacity/#comments Sun, 12 Feb 2017 01:56:31 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58042 From the Department of Water Resources: The relatively light flow of water that began washing into Lake Oroville’s auxiliary spillway Saturday morning is expected to continue flowing for the next few days. Total releases from the reservoir do not threaten the dam or downstream communities and fall well within the capacity of the Feather River and other downstream channels. Hampered [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/11/oroville-dam-saturday-pm-update-water-continues-down-oroville-auxiliary-spillway-flows-are-within-downstream-capacity/feed/ 1 OROVILLE DAM, Saturday afternoon: Water flows over Oroville emergency spillway https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/11/photo-gallery-water-flows-over-oroville-emergency-spillway/ https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/11/photo-gallery-water-flows-over-oroville-emergency-spillway/#comments Sat, 11 Feb 2017 23:40:17 +0000 https://mavensnotebook.com/?p=58165 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 [...]]]> https://mavensnotebook.com/2017/02/11/photo-gallery-water-flows-over-oroville-emergency-spillway/feed/ 1