OROVILLE DAM: DWR Update on Oroville Spillway Repair Activities

From the Department of Water Resources: The following is an update from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) on construction-related activities on the Oroville Spillway Recovery project. DWR is committed to informing the surrounding communities and the general public about the work being done to repair the damaged spillway and related impacts to roads, recreation, public access and surrounding infrastructure. […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR Opens Bids for Oroville Spillway Repair

Bids for spillway work start at $275 million From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today opened bids submitted by three contractors to repair the Oroville spillway. The bids are for work to implement DWR’s Oroville spillway recovery plan so a system is in place by November 1, 2017 that can safely accommodate next winter’s […]

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THIS JUST IN … Snow survey results: Snowpack’s water content 164% of historical average

From the Department of Water Resources: With every monthly measurement of the California snowpack this winter, the state’s rebound from the previous five years of drought becomes more evident. Today’s electronic readings from 95 sites in the Sierra Nevada show an average statewide snow water equivalent (SWE) of 45.8 inches, or 164 percent of the historical average for March 30 […]

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THIS JUST IN … Oroville Dam, Friday noon: Water to flow down damaged spillway today; Spill event to last five to six days

The Department of Water Resources held a media call this morning to give an update on the situation at Oroville Dam.  Here’s what they had to say: Acting Director Bill Croyle began with the numbers.  The lake elevation is 864’; the lake has risen about one foot in the last 24 hours.  The pleasant weather in Butte County and up […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Saturday update: 5 units at Hyatt Power Plant now running; work continues on debris pile (with pictures and video)

From the Department of Water Resources: The flood control spillway flows remain at 0 cubic feet per second (cfs). Inflows are approximately 12,000 to 18,000 cfs which has resulted in the lake rising from 860.1 to 860.5 feet elevation in the last 24 hours.  Five units at the Hyatt Power Plant are currently running, allowing for a total outflow of […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Wednesday update: Progress on spillway; crews continue debris removal (with pictures & video)

From the Department of Water Resources: Crews removing a debris pile, estimated at roughly 1.5 million cubic yards, continue to make progress two days after the Department of Water Resources (DWR) halted flows down the damaged flood control spillway.  Debris removal at the base of the spillway will help lower the water level in the channel, key to reoperation of […]

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THIS JUST IN … Water Scarce to Recharge Groundwater Basins, New DWR Report Shows

Recent storms underscore the need for more innovation and investment From the Department of Water Resources: A first-of-its-kind analysis of California’s water resources shows that bringing local groundwater basins into sustainable balance — as state law demands – will require investments and innovations in integrated water management including conservation, storm water capture, recycling, desalination, water transfers, diversion, conveyance and storage. […]

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THIS JUST IN … Initial State Water Project allocation set at 20%

Drought Continues Despite Early-Season Rainfall Still early in California’s rainy season, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced its initial water allocation for 2017 of ­­20 percent of the requests by the 29 public agencies served by the State Water Project (SWP). Winter storms in coming months may boost today’s initial 2017allocation, but California’s deep drought lingers. “October’s storms […]

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This just in … New Strategy to Improve Conditions for Delta Smelt Shows Promising Results

Comprehensive Approach Seeks to Reverse Decline in Smelt Population From the Department of Water Resources: The initial monitoring of a new strategy to improve conditions for the endangered Delta smelt shows significant promise in creating a bloom in the plankton that nourish these imperiled fish. State and federal leaders were joined today by Sacramento Valley farmers and water providers along […]

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Update on DWR’s Reservoir Reoperation Study

DWR’s Ajay Goyal tells the Delta Stewardship Council that there are benefits to reoperation of the state’s system, but they look to be limited Senate Bill X2 1, passed in 2008,  allocated resources for the planning and feasibility studies to identify potential options for the reoperation of the state’s flood protection and water supply systems that would optimize the use […]

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