OROVILLE DAM, Friday evening update: Lake Oroville releases slowed to avoid erosion; No threat to dam or public

From the Department of Water Resources: Reservoir operators at Lake Oroville plan to make a slight reduction of releases from a damaged spillway in order to prevent erosion along the north side of the spillway from compromising nearby power line towers.  The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will slow the releases down the gated spillway from 65,000 cubic feet […]

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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 mid-morning update: Lake Oroville releases increase; Inflow to reservoir declining

From the Department of Water Resources: While there is still a chance the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville may be used this weekend, reservoir operators say that if current releases from the nearly full reservoir can be maintained, it is less likely the lake will rise to the point where water flows into the emergency spillway channel. Whether the emergency […]

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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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OROVILLE DAM: Thursday noon update: DWR increases spillway flows (updated with pictures!!!)

From the Department of Water Resources: “California Department of Water Resources (DWR) personnel and a host of collaborating agencies continued to monitor Lake Oroville spillway flows through the night.  As expected, the overnight flow rate of 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) caused additional lower spillway erosion.  Spillway flow was stopped again for a few hours this morning to allow […]

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OROVILLE DAM: Wednesday PM Update: DWR conducts test to assess Oroville Spillway damage (with pictures)

From the Department of Water Resources: To help determine an appropriate level of flow down the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will release up to 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) this afternoon, then ramp down the flows and assess any further damage to the eroded spillway.  The test flow will run for […]

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OROVILLE DAM: DWR halts flows down Oroville Dam spillway; Engineers investigating erosion *UPDATED with link to pictures

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources has temporarily suspended flows from the Oroville Dam spillway to investigate concrete erosion on the bottom half of the spillway.  There is no anticipated threat to the dam or the public. Approximately 20 percent of Lake Oroville remains empty, and DWR officials say there is sufficient storage room to […]

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