Group Files Lawsuit Against DWR Over Oroville Dam Records

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AquAlliance, a Chico-based environment group, has filed a lawsuit with Judge Timothy M. Frawley in Sacramento Superior Court alleging the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has broken state law by failing to release records regarding the Oroville Dam spillway … Continued

Breaking: Pump Failure Kills Fall-Run Chinook Salmon at Feather River Fish Hatchery – Thermalito Facility

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Breaking information from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: “An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 fall-run Chinook salmon were killed early yesterday morning at the Feather River Fish Hatchery – Thermalito Facility due to a pump failure from a faulty … Continued

The Feather below Oroville Dam: A Tale of Two Rivers

There couldn’t be more of a contrast between the Feather River last fall during the salmon season and the same river this winter since the Oroville Dam emergency. In early October, the Feather from the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet to the … Continued

The untold story of the Oroville Dam Crisis: the Big Money behind CA water politics

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  In all of the intense media coverage of Oroville Dam spillway fiasco over the past month, the mainstream media haven’t yet discussed the real issue behind the disaster: corporate control of California water politics. The reason why state officials and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … Continued

Briefing: In 2005, Groups & Water Agencies Warned Oroville’s Unarmored Auxiliary Spillway Poses Major Risks

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  by Deirdre Des Jardins, California Water Research   Major concerns about the deficiencies and risks of Oroville Dam’s auxiliary spillway and flood control operations were raised by American Rivers, the California Sportfishing Protection  Alliance, Friends of the River (FOR), … Continued

Evacuations ordered for areas around Lake Oroville, Freeway jammed with evacuees

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  The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) just issued this updated statement regarding the expected failure of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam in Butte County. The agency noted that “Oroville Dam itself is sound and is a separate … Continued

Breaking News: Lake Oroville Releases Increase As Inflow to Reservoir Declines

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I just received this update on the Oroville Dam spillway hole from the Department of Water Resources: SACRAMENTO – While there is still a chance the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville may be used this weekend, reservoir operators say that … Continued

State officials increase releases into eroded Oroville Dam spillway to 35,000 cfs!

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As the cavity in the Oroville Dam spillway continued to erode, California Department of Water Resources (DWR) staff today ramped up flows down the concrete spillway to 35,000 cubic feet per second after conferring with state and federal dam safety … Continued

Salmon Spawning Season Begins on Feather River

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The fish ladder at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Feather River Hatchery in Oroville opened on September 19, heralding the start of the spawning season on the Feather River. As the hatchery spawns spring-run Chinooks, anglers are experiencing … Continued