OROVILLE DAM, Monday afternoon: DWR prepares to reduce flows over spillway to zero cfs

Earlier this morning, the Department of Water Resources held a press conference.  Here’s what Acting Director Bill Croyle had to say … The feed for the press conference kicked in just after the start; Mr. Croyle was talking about how the flows on the Feather River are going to be ramped down as they prepare to bring the flows down […]

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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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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 …

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 […]

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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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